28 Mar Common Forms of Pain You Should Know
Pain may be one of the few concepts that don’t necessarily need definition, as it’s something we can all relate to at different levels. However, it’s the sensation felt and communicated in the nerves, spinal cord, and brain.
Everyone has felt pain and experienced it in different ways. However, since it’s a personalized feeling, it may be difficult to describe it to others. It’s also possible to experience different levels of pain at once.
Irrespective, knowing the type of pain you’re experiencing makes it easier to describe and get treatment. Call 619-333-8114 for a proper diagnosis.
Here, we have put together some of the major levels of pain you can experience.
Major types of pain
There are different forms of pain depending on the underlying cause. Common types of pain include:
- Acute pain
Acute pain is a short-term pain that usually occurs when a specific incident happens. It’s typically a tissue injury that lasts for less than six months and heals after the underlying cause has been treated. They are characterized by intense and sharp pain that gradually improves as time goes on. Common causes of acute pain include:
- Broken bones
- Dental procedure
- Labor during childbirth
- Chronic pain
Chronic pain is the type of pain that typically lasts longer than six months. The pain goes on for years and can vary in degrees. It’s also quite common in adults today. Unlike acute pain, there may be no apparent cause of injury with chronic pain.
Also, without appropriate management, chronic pain can dwindle the quality of life of an individual. So many times, chronic pain has been linked with mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Chronic pain can be experienced as arthritis, headaches, low back pain, nerve damage pain, fibromyalgia pain, etc. Some other symptoms of chronic pain include;
- Lack of energy,
- Tense muscles,
- Nociceptive pain
Nociceptive pain is the most general form of pain. When the nociceptors are stimulated, they cause pain because they are the sensory receptors for tissue injury. Nociceptors are found throughout the body, specifically on the skin and internal organs. When there’s a cut or any other type of injury in the body, the nociceptors get stimulated and send sensory signals to the brain, triggering the feeling of pain.
Interestingly, nociceptive pain can be either acute or chronic. It is also sub-classified into visceral or somatic pain. Visceral pain is from damages or injuries to the internal organs and can be felt in the abdomen, pelvis, and chest, and can be hard to pin down the precise location sometimes.
Somatic pain, on the other hand, is from damage or injuries to the tissues, rather than the internal organs. It can be felt in joints, bones, muscles, and the skin. It’s also easier to pin down the precise location of the pain. It typically feels like a persistent aching sensation.
- Neuropathic pain
Neuropathic pain occurs when there’s nerve injury. When damage is done and there’s a dysfunction of the nerves, there’ll be a misfiring of pain signals. Typically, it comes out of nowhere and isn’t like a response to an injury. Even things that wouldn’t usually elicit pain (like cold air) might cause pain. Neuropathic pain is defined by:
- Burns sensations
- Stabbing sensations
Pacific Medical Care is a leading San Diego restorative pain management center that offers you a great level of care for your different levels of pain. Contact us today to book your appointment, easily and conveniently.