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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
    • headache
    • fibromyalgia
    • injury
    References: 2, 3, 4

    Risk Factors of Pain

    The following factors may increase the likelihood of Pain:
    • genetic factor
    • being male
    • long term health problems
    • psychological factors
    • social factors

    Prevention of Pain

    Yes, it may be possible to prevent Pain. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
    • regular exercise
    • building muscle strength and flexibility
    • maintaining a healthy weight
    • using 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:
    • Take proper 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:
    • Do meditation: Helps coping with pain
    • Do yoga: Helps coping with pain
    • Get tai chi therapy: 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


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    2. Wikipedia Pain - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
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    5. Mayo Clinic Back pain - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    6. Mayo Clinic Treating pain - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    7. Mayo Clinic Chronic daily headaches - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    8. Mayo Clinic Back pain - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    9. Mayo Clinic Knee pain - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    10. Mayo Clinic Back pain - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    11. American Chronic Pain Association Pain Management Programs - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
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    This page was last updated on 8/08/2018.
    This page provides information for Pain.