Pain is the primary reason for a doctor’s visit. It is the commonest symptom of any medical problem. But what exactly is pain?

Pain is an unpleasant sensation which hurts, distresses or makes us uncomfortable. Pain can be mild and can resolve on its own or can be severe. There are various characteristics to pain, such as sharp, dull, pulsating, stabbing, throbbing, colicky etc. There is always a cause or stimulus for pain, such as an injury, blunt trauma or some medical problem. Pain, if left untreated, can disrupt a patient’s life and affects his/her mental health also. Many of us tend to take pain for granted and ignore it and try to resolve it by taking OTC pain killers. Only when the pain has become unbearable or other symptoms start to accompany the pain, then we become concerned and seek medical advice. There are 2 major types of pain; acute and chronic. The severity and treatment for pain depends on the cause of the pain.

In our PAIN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER, we have covered every small thing related to pain including its types, characteristics, anatomical distribution, origin, other symptoms and treatment.

Given below are some snippets, which we have covered in our section. For a more detailed read, please refer to the side menu and increase your knowledge regarding pain by reading under our PAIN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER.

Burning Pain or Burning Sensation

Pain has many characteristics and one of them is a burning type of pain; which can be a generalized pain or localized pain. Burning pain can also be accompanied with other symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or extremity weakness. There are many types of burning pain depending on its origin or the cause of the pain. Some of the causes of burning pain include: Irritation of peripheral receptors, peripheral nerves, spinal nerves, spinal cord and thalamus. Other than this, there are more types and causes of burning pain and treatment depends on the cause.

Please refer to the side menu under our PAIN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER for more information on Burning Pain.

Anatomical Distribution of Chronic Pain

It is very important to understand the Anatomical Distribution of Chronic Pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain which persists beyond 6 months. Chronic Pain starts as severe pain and becomes mild with time and is more common than acute pain. There are many causes of chronic pain including: Headache, facial pain, earache, cancer pain, facet joint inflammation, nerve pain, osteomyelitis, visceral pain etc. We have given different causes of chronic pain according to different systems affected. Treatment depends on the cause of the pain. For more details, please click on the side menu under our PAIN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER.

Causes of Nociceptive Somatic Pain

Somatic pain can be felt in the skin, muscles, tendon, ligament, subcutaneous tissue, joint and bone; and this pain is passed via somatic nervous system. The different types of somatic pain are: acute pain (acute nociceptive & neuropathic pain) and chronic pain (chronic nociceptive & neuropathic pain). In this section, you will find all about:

  • Somatic Nervous System.
  • Cranial and Spinal Nerves which Are Involved In Somatic Pain.
  • Inter-Neuron and Inter-Neuron Sensory Fibers Involved In Somatic Pain.
  • Normal Transmission of Pain Impulses.
  • Nociceptive Somatic Pain.
  • Neuropathic Somatic Pain.
  • Acute Nociceptive Somatic Pain.
  • Chronic Nociceptive Somatic Pain.
  • Causes of Chronic Nociceptive Pain.
  • Modulation of Pain Impulses.
  • Different Traumatic Injuries which Cause Nociceptive Somatic Pain.
  • Treatment of Nociceptive Pain.
  • Diseases which cause Acute and Chronic Nociceptive Somatic Pain.

To read in detail about all the above mentioned topics, please read our section PAIN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER under the topic “Causes of Nociceptive Somatic Pain” on the side menu.

Chronic Pain and Depression

Everyone feels down or blue at some point in their lives. However, if this feeling of sadness persists, then it is known as depression. There are many reasons why a person feels depressed, among which one major reason is chronic pain.
In this section we have given loads of information of how and why chronic pain causes depression and the treatment for it including alternative treatment. We have also covered other methods of overcoming pain and depression, such as exercise, good diet, mind-body techniques, supplements and herbal remedies.

To read more, please refer to the side menu under our PAIN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER.

Colic Pain or Colicky Pain or Gut Rot

This pain occurs as a result of contraction of smooth muscles. Colic pain can be described as tummy pain/ache, stomach ache/pain, gut ache, belly ache or gut rot. Colic pain is classified as:

  • Chest colic.
  • Abdominal colic.
  • Renal colic.
  • Biliary colic.
  • Pelvic colic.

There are many different causes and medical conditions behind the above mentioned types of colic pain. To know more about them, please refer to our PAIN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER on the side menu.

Q and A on Multidisciplinary Pain Management

When a patient suffers from chronic pain, i.e. pain which persists beyond 6 months and doesn’t respond to medications and other treatment modalities; then the patient is sent to Multidisciplinary Pain Management Pain Clinic for further treatment. In pain clinic, there are various physicians from different specialties who treat the patient, such as chiropractor, physical therapist, interventional pain specialist etc.

To know more about what goes on in a pain clinic and how the pain is treated and managed, please read under our PAIN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER on the side menu.

What is Shooting Pain

Shooting pain is that pain which is experienced as sharp, severe and lashing in quality. It can be acute or chronic nociceptive/ neuropathic pain. There are many causes for shooting pain, including: Soft tissue trauma, inflammation, infections, ulcers, vascular diseases, cancers, fractures, nerve lesions etc.

To know more about the causes, types and treatment of shooting pain, please refer to our PAIN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER on the side menu.

Q and A on Pain Management

Pain has become a part of today’s life, but not everyone knows how to manage their pain. People just keep on popping pain pills in the hopes that the pain will subside. In this section we have answered some common questions regarding managing pain, both acute as well as chronic pain. You will find answers to:

  • What is Pain Management?
  • Which is the Most Common Chronic Pain Needing Pain Management?
  • When Do I need Pain Management?
  • What is Conservative Treatment?
  • What Are Choices Of Treatment For Chronic Pain?
  • What Is Multidisciplinary Approach Of Pain Management?

To find out the answers to these questions, please read under our PAIN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER on the side menu.

Stabbing Pain

Stabbing pain is described as sharp, penetrating type of pain. Stabbing pain should not be ignored, as it could be an indication of a life threatening condition. Causes of stabbing pain are: soft tissue trauma, inflammation, infection, ulcers, vascular disease, cancer, fracture, joint dislocation, nerve lesions. Treatment depends on the cause of the pain.

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Last Modified On: April 25, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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