What is Pain? It is an unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pain has both physical and emotional components. The physical part of pain results from nerve stimulation.
Pain may be contained to a discrete area, as in an injury, or it can be more diffuse, as in disorders like fibromyalgia. Pain is mediated by specific nerve fibers that carry the pain impulses to the brain where their conscious appreciation may be modified by many factors.
Did you know long range use of your cell phone and video games can cause arthritis pain in your hands, especially your thumbs?
What you a cheese lover? Aged cheese, such as blue cheese, cheddar, parmesan, and Swiss contain high amounts of a substance called tyramine.This notorious headache trigger is also found in some processed meats and beverages.
What about flip flop shoes with no arch support causing pain not only in your feet, ankles, hips and lower back?
What about your wallet? If you carry your wallet in your back pants pocket, this can lead to pain in the back and the buttocks, and it can even lead to shooting pains pinching the sciatic nerve. There are common 25 things that we do to ourselves that causes ongoing pain and we don’t even know.
When to See the Doctor About Pain and seek immediate medical attention if you have:
- Chest pain
- A severe headache and/or stiff neck
- Pain related to an injury
- Pain accompanied by weakness or numbness
Any chronic pain should also be evaluated by a doctor, especially if it interferes with work, hobbies or sleep.
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