What is Pain?

BY PURICA

In medicine pain relates to a sensation that hurts. If you feel pain it hurts, you feel discomfort, distress and perhaps agony, depending on the severity of it. Pain can be steady and constant, in which case it may be an ache. It might be a throbbing pain – a pulsating pain. The pain could have a pinching sensation, or a stabbing one.

The English word ‘pain’ probably comes from Old French (peine), Latin (poena – meaning punishment pain), or Ancient Greek (poine – a word more related to penalty), or a combination of all three.

Only the person who is experiencing the pain can describe it properly. Pain is a very individual experience.

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) National Pain Consortium estimates that the public health burden of pain affects one third of America’s population at a cost of between $560 billion and $635 billion each year.

What Is Pain? What Causes Pain?

In medicine pain relates to a sensation that hurts. If you feel pain it hurts, you feel discomfort, distress and perhaps agony, depending on the severity of it. Pain can be steady and constant, in which case it may be an ache. It might be a throbbing pain – a pulsating pain. The pain could have a pinching sensation, or a stabbing one.

The English word ‘pain’ probably comes from Old French (peine), Latin (poena – meaning punishment pain), or Ancient Greek (poine – a word more related to penalty), or a combination of all three.

Only the person who is experiencing the pain can describe it properly. Pain is a very individual experience.

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) National Pain Consortium estimates that the public health burden of pain affects one third of America’s population at a cost of between $560 billion and $635 billion each year.

The British Pain Society quoted England’s Chief Medical Officer, who said that annually more than five million people in the UK develop chronic pain. Unfortunately, one third of them do not recover. 11% of adults and 8% of children in the UK suffer severe pain.

According to Medilexicon’s medical dictionary, Pain is:

  1. A variably unpleasant sensation associated with actual or potential tissue damage and mediated by specific nerve fibers to the brain where its conscious appreciation may be modified by various factors.
  2. Term used to denote a painful uterine contraction occurring in childbirth.

Types of pain

Acute pain – this can be intense and short-lived, in which case we call it acute pain. Acute pain may be an indication of an injury. When the injury heals the pain usually goes away.

Chronic pain – this sensation lasts much longer than acute pain. Chronic pain can be mild or intense (severe).

How do we classify pain?

Pain can be nociceptive, non-nociveptive, somatic, visceral, neuropathic, or sympathetic:

Nociceptive Pain

– Somatic

– Visceral

Non-Nociceptive

– Neuropathic

– Sympathetic

Nociceptive Pain – specific pain receptors are stimulated. These receptors sense temperature (hot/cold), vibration, stretch, and chemicals released from damaged cells.

Somatic Pain – a type of nociceptive pain. Pain felt on the skin, muscle, joints, bones and ligaments is called somatic pain. The term musculo-skeletal pain means somatic pain. The pain receptors are sensitive to temperature (hot/cold), vibration, and stretch (in the muscles). They are also sensitive to inflammation, as would happen if you cut yourself, sprain something that causes tissue damage.

Pain as a result of lack of oxygen, as in ischemic muscle cramps, are a type of nociceptive pain. Somatic pain is generally sharp and well localized – if you touch it or move the affected area the pain will worsen.

Visceral Pain – a type of nociceptive pain. It is felt in the internal organs and main body cavities. The cavities are divided into the thorax (lungs and heart), abdomen (bowels, spleen, liver and kidneys), and the pelvis (ovaries, bladder, and the womb). The pain receptors – nociceptors – sense inflammation, stretch and ischemia (oxygen starvation).

Visceral pain is more difficult to localize than somatic pain. The sensation is more likely to be a vague deep ache. Colicky and cramping sensations are generally types of visceral pain. Visceral pain commonly refers to some type of back pain – pelvic pain generally refers to the lower back, abdominal pain to the mid-back, and thoracic pain to the upper back (see below for the meaning of referred pain).

Nerve Pain or Neuropathic Pain

Nerve pain is also known as neuropathic pain. It is a type of non-nociceptive pain. It comes from within the nervous system itself. People often refer to it as pinched nerve, or trapped nerve. The pain can originate from the nerves between the tissues and the spinal cord (peripheral nervous system) and the nerves between the spinal cord and the brain (central nervous system, or CNS).

Neuropathic pain can be caused by nerve degeneration, as might be the case in a stroke, multiple-sclerosis, or oxygen starvation. It could be due to a trapped nerve, meaning there is pressure on the nerve. A torn or slipped disc will cause nerve inflammation, which will trigger neuropathic pain. Nerve infection, such as shingles, can also cause neuropathic pain.

Pain that comes from the nervous system is called non-nociceptive because there are no specific pain receptors. Nociceptive in this text means responding to pain. When a nerve is injured it becomes unstable and its signaling system becomes muddled and haphazard. The brain interprets these abnormal signals as pain. This randomness can also cause other sensations, such as numbness, pins and needles, tingling, and hypersensitivity to temperature, vibration and touch. The pain can sometimes be unpredictable because of this.

Sympathetic Pain

The sympathetic nervous system controls our blood flow to our skin and muscles, perspiration (sweating) by the skin, and how quickly the peripheral nervous system works.

Sympathetic pain occurs generally after a fracture or a soft tissue injury of the limbs. This pain is non-nociceptive – there are no specific pain receptors. As with neuropathic pain, the nerve is injured, becomes unstable and fires off random, chaotic, abnormal signals to the brain, which interprets them as pain.

Generally with this kind of pain the skin and the area around the injury become extremely sensitive. The pain often becomes so intense that the sufferer daren’t use the affected arm or leg. Lack of limb use after a time can cause other problems, such as muscle wasting, osteoporosis, and stiffness in the joints.

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In 1413, as the bubonic plague decimated France, thieves were arrested for robbing dead and dying plague victims, a crime punishable by burning alive.  The judge offered them leniency for their terrible crimes if they would share the secret which enabled them to expose themselves to the plague without contracting it.  The thieves explained that they were perfume makers and spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of France’s sea ports.  They had prepared a special herbal infusion which they applied to their hands, ears, feet, masks, and temples and this protected them from infection.  As promised, the judge did not burn the men alive…He hanged them instead.  Soon after, plague doctors began to wear beak-like masks stuffed with absorbent material soaked in the Thieves’ blend to protect them from disease.

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  • Antifungal: Feet, hands, scalp, and mold remediation
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  • Can aid in the treatment and prevention of topical infectious ailments
  • Deters mites, lice, worms, fleas, and mosquitoes

Applications:

  • Topical: Combine 2 drops of Marseilles Remedy with 40 drops of carrier oil, and massage into skin, muscles, or joints.
  • Direct Inhalation: For cough and cold, apply 2 to 6 drops undiluted product to a handkerchief/tissue and inhale. Alternatively, diffuse in boiling water or in an essential oil diffuser.
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Have a Cheerful and Healthy Autumn and Winter!

Pain in the Frame?

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Joint pain & stiffness?

Back pain?

Neck & shoulder pain?

There are many different forms of physical pain—and in none of these forms is it a good thing.

 Fibromyalgia

This condition causes pain in muscles and other fibrous tissue. Practically all parts of the body may be affected,

but aches and pain in the neck and shoulders and thigh muscles are perhaps the most common. Digestive

problems such as IBS may also be present. Try A.Vogel Joint Pain Relief internally and also the A.Vogel Absolüt

Arnica gel topically. Use a magnesium supplement to help relieve muscle tension.

Sprains & strains

A sprain is damage to a ligament. A strain is a stretched or torn muscle. Both injuries are associated with pain

and bruising. Applying ice as soon as possible after sustaining the injury will help, as well elevating the injured

area. Apply A.Vogel Absolüt Arnica gel externally as soon as possible and if pain persists, use A.Vogel Joint Pain

Relief internally. For sporting types, rest will help the healing process.

Tendonitis

This is damage to tendons—the fibrous tissue connecting bones to muscles. The condition is often associated

with repetitive or stressful movements (Repetitive Strain Injury). The movements causing the problem should

be avoided, but general exercise to strengthen is useful. Use A.Vogel Absolüt Arnica gel for its pain-relieving

action. Glucosamine sulphate can be taken to strengthen connective tissue.

Rheumatic pain

This is a vague term generally indicating pain in muscles, joints or both. Many people can experience rheumatic

pains—not just the older generation. Try A.Vogel Joint Pain Relief internally and drink Stinging Nettle tea or

consider the A.Vogel Stinging Nettle extract. Magnesium may help to reduce muscle tension.

Tackle pain as soon as you experience it

  • Countering inflammation is important as it rapidly becomes destructive to the tissues it affects. Topical remedies can be applied and/or internal remedies taken, depending on the area affected.
  • Tracking down the source of the pain is vital, so that steps can be taken to rectify the problem and promote healing. Check with your doctor and consider consulting a physiotherapist, an osteopath, or a craniosacral therapist.
  • Pain quickly affects other areas of life, such as sleep quality and mood, so be aware that other symptoms may resolve once the pain abates.

Hot or cold?

Pain can respond to the application of heat or ice. In general: Use an ice-pack for acute injuries such as a sprain

or strain as soon as possible after sustaining the injury.

Warm baths with anti-inflammatory essential oils such as Thyme and Eucalyptus can help more long-standing

pain such as back pain, a stiff neck or rheumatic pain.

“No pain, no gain!”

This mantra was dreamed up by people with exercise videos to sell. Pain is the body’s way of telling you that

something is wrong and you should sort it out, please.

Back pain exercises

No matter how well a workstation is designed, problems may arise if attention is not paid to the way the work is done.

Working at a computer often involves very few changes in body position. This lack of movement can lead to muscle pain and strain.

Why is stretching important?

No matter how well a workstation is designed, problems may arise if attention is not paid to the way the work is done. Working at a computer often involves very few changes in body position. This lack of movement can lead to muscle pain and strain.

Back / Side Stretch

Interlace your fingers and lift your arms over your head, keeping the elbows straight. Press arms as far back as you can. To stretch your sides, slowly lean to the left and then to the right.

  In a similar way, you can also bring your arms in front of your body, or behind to stretch the shoulder blades and chest.

Middle / Upper Back Stretch

 

Hold your right arm with your left hand just above the elbow. Gently push your elbow toward your left shoulder. Hold stretch for 5 seconds. Repeat with your left arm.

Back Curl (will also stretch your legs)

 

Grasp your shin. Lift the leg off the floor. Bend forward (curling your back), and reach your nose to your knee. Repeat with the other leg.

Ankle Flex and Stretch

Hold one foot off the floor with your leg straight. Alternately flex your ankle (point your toes up) and extend (point your toes down). Repeat with the other leg.

Leg Lift

Sit forward on the chair so that your back is not touching the chair’s back. Place feet flat on the floor. With a straight leg, lift one foot a few inches off the floor. Hold momentarily, and return your foot to the floor. Repeat with the other leg.

Standing stretch

When standing, keep knees slightly bent. Place your hands on your lower back and gently push your hands forward while leaning back slightly.

Hip stretch

Sit with one leg across the other. Place your arm or elbow on the outside of the crossed leg. Gently apply pressure, while looking the opposite way. Repeat with the other leg.

Texts excerpted from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/office/stretching.html

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General: Apply a thin layer to the affected area 2 to 3 times a day, rub in gently.
Acute: More often if necessary.  Or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.

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By Amber Allen

Wellness Coach

www.naturallyamber.com

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