Pain is essentially our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. Pain is an uncomfortable feeling or sensation that can present itself in various feelings, such as dull or steady, throbbing, stabbing, aching, pinching or in other ways.
We will all experience pain at some time during our life. Pain may be temporary, as a result of an accident or injury, or pain could be a more long-term issue stemming from chronic conditions causing the pain.
Such chronic conditions include arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, lower back pain, nerve damage and many more.
When there has been damage or irritation somewhere around the body, there are sensors at the site of the pain that then transmit electrical signals to the brain, which then interprets this as pain.
Pain occurs at different places and levels of intensity because the brains produces pain levels according to the severity of the problem and where on the body the problem exists.
The signals cease once the problem causing the pain has been treated or healed – an accidental injury for example. However, those with chronic pain, such as arthritis sufferers, will find the signals simply carry on, irrespective of the problem being ‘fixed’ or healed.
These constant and regular pain signals can also occur as a result of a previous injury and/or surgery, fibromyalgia or nerve damage.
Whatever pain you have, it is strongly advisable speaking to your own doctor first, who will be able to find the cause of the pain. The doctor may also want to test for any underlying health problems associated to the pain.
Then, treating the pain itself involves stopping pain signals to the brain, which can be achieved through pain relief medication. Fast acting and effective painkillers won’t work at fixing the actual problem causing the pain, but can enable you to go about your day without suffering debilitating discomfort. Medical Specialists® have a wide range of popular and effective prescription painkillers that can treat varying conditions, such as arthritis, back pain and fibromyalgia.
You can also help ease pain symptoms by using simple self-care tips. You may need to apply cold or hot pressure to the pain depending on the type of pain. Cold (such as ice or a bag of frozen peas as is commonly used) helps to numb pain and reduce swelling. This makes it ideal for an injury, such as a sprained ankle. You can also submerge the affected area in a container of ice water.
Meanwhile, heat is ideal for muscular injuries as it eases and loosens tense muscles, ergo relieving the pain. Moreover, heat boosts the blood flow to an injury, helping the healing process. A warm bath or heating pads are good sources of heat.