pain explained

19 Nov

Everyone wants a life without pain and where does it get you? There should a poster somewhere to remind people that pain is there for a reason.

– Grey’s Anatomy, Season 3

Pain. Where exactly does it begin and where does it end?

I tried to look for answers and even can not provide me a direct answer. So I clicked on the link that categorizes pain in medicine and here’s what I got:

    pain (pān)

    1. An unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury, disease, or emotional disorder.
    2. Suffering or distress.
    3. pains The pangs of childbirth.
    4. pains Great care or effort: take pains with one’s work.
    5. Informal. A source of annoyance; a nuisance.

Pain is a universal human experience. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.” Pain may be a symptom of an underlying disease or disorder, or a disorder in its own right.

At the same time that pain is a universal experience, however, it is also a complex one. While the physical sensations involved in pain may be constant throughout history, the ways in which humans express and treat pain are shaped by their respective cultures and societies.

See. Even the experts of neurobiology can not begin completely explain the complexity of such state. Whether it is a twinge or a pang, pain is something that exists inevitably. We can suppress or deny it but it exists – whether we like it or not.

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Posted by on November 19, 2006 in ramblings


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