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Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. You may feel pain in one area of your body, such as your back, abdomen, chest, or pelvis. Or you may feel pain all over, such as when your muscles ache from the flu.

Pain can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. Without pain, you might seriously hurt yourself without knowing it, or you might not realize you have a medical problem that needs treatment. Once you take care of the problem, pain usually goes away. However, sometimes pain goes on for weeks, months or even years. This is called chronic pain. Sometimes chronic pain is due to an ongoing cause, such as cancer or arthritis. Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Fortunately, there are many ways to treat pain. Treatment varies depending on the cause of pain. Pain relievers, acupuncture, and sometimes surgery are helpful.

Symptoms of Pain

The following features are indicative of Pain:
  • unpleasantness
  • excitement
  • distraction
It is possible that Pain shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.
References: 1

Common Causes of Pain

The following are the most common causes of Pain:
  • damage to body tissues
  • nerve endings stimulation
  • headaches
  • fibromyalgia
  • certain disorders
  • injury
References: 2, 3, 4

Risk Factors of Pain

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Pain:
  • genetics
  • gender
  • long term health problems
  • psychological factors
  • social factors
  • past experiences
  • other individual factors

Prevention of Pain

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Pain. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • exercise
  • build muscle strength and flexibility
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • use proper body mechanics
References: 5

Occurrence of Pain

Degree of Occurrence

The following are number of Pain cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Pain most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Can happen at any age

Common Gender

Pain most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Not gender specific
References: 2

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Pain

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Pain:
  • Multidimensional Pain Inventory (MPI): Helps assessing the psychosocial state of a person with chronic pain
  • Multi resonance imaging: Helps giving good correlations with self-reported pain
References: 2, 6

Doctor for Diagnosis of Pain

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Pain:
  • Neurologist

Complications of Pain if Untreated

Yes, Pain causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Pain is left untreated:
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • sleep disturbances
  • psychological problems
References: 7

Procedures for Treatment of Pain

The following procedures are used to treat Pain:
  • Surgery: To reduce disease related pain
References: 8

Self-care for Pain

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Pain:
  • Rest: Helps relieving stress-induced pain
References: 9

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Pain

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Pain:
  • Meditation: Helps coping with pain
  • Yoga: Helps coping with pain
  • Tai chi: Helps coping with pain
  • Acupuncture: Helps to relieve symptoms
References: 6, 10

Patient Support for Treatment of Pain

The following actions may help Pain patients:
  • Join Interdisciplinary Pain Program: Share the same beliefs and mission helps reducing pain
  • Pain rehabilitation centers: Helps managing pain
References: 11

Questions - Pain

Demographic Information - Pain

Following is the demographic information reported by website visitors for Pain. Information below may include patient demographics as well as data for website visitors who might be researching on behalf of patients e.g. parents for small children. The data below may or may not be reflective of the complete patient population demographics for this medicine/health topic.
User gender
185 out of 240 users are male.
Patients
Female54
Male185
Other1
Survey Participants: 240
User age
The most common user is 21-30 years old.
Patients
< 2138
21-3094
30-4042
40-5028
50+62
Survey Participants: 264
User reported disease
Users most commonly suffer from Back pain.
Patients
Back pain47
Chronic pain (e.g., arthritis, migraine, fibromyalgia, neuropathy)20
Diabetes12
High blood pressure9
Obesity5
Depression5
Other29
Survey Participants: 127
User exercise frequency
Users most commonly exercise once a week.
Patients
Once a week90
Twice a week18
Five times a week22
Everyday56
Survey Participants: 186
User smoking habit
199 out of 267 users do not smoke.
Patients
Smoke68
Do not smoke199
Survey Participants: 267
User alcohol consumption frequency
Users most commonly reported never consuming alcohol
Patients
Never111
One drink a day10
Two drinks a day6
More than two drinks a day9
Once a week18
Twice a week12
Once a month33
Survey Participants: 199
User body weight
72 out of 230 users report being overweight.
Patients
Overweight72
Not overweight158
Survey Participants: 230
User well-being
145 out of 226 users report having significant pain in the last 3 months.
Patients
Significant pain in the last 3 months145
No significant pain in the last 3 months81
Survey Participants: 226
User profession
The most common user profession is Student.
Patients
Student28
Engineer, IT or Software21
Government service17
Retired14
House Maker12
Doctor9
Other97
Survey Participants: 162

References

  1. Wikipedia Headache https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  2. Wikipedia Pain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pain - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  3. Mayo Clinic Understanding pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/understanding-... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  4. Mayo Clinic Understanding pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/understanding-... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  5. Mayo Clinic Back pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  6. Mayo Clinic Treating pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/treating-pain-... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  7. MAYO CLINIC Chronic daily headaches http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  8. Mayo Clinic Back pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  9. Mayo Clinic Knee pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  10. Mayo Clinic Back pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  11. American Chronic Pain Association Pain Management Programs https://www.theacpa.org/Pain-Management-... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  12. Source: https://medlineplus.gov/pain.html

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This page was last updated on 12/13/2017.
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