Pain – What’s it all about?

Pain is very common.

Toothache, headaches (including cluster headaches and migraine), period pain (dysmenorrhoea), joint and muscle pain, sprains and strains, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, sciatica, slipped disc, ear ache (otitis media), wounds, bruises and other injuries are common conditions giving rise to pain.

Causes and who suffers?

Pain is an unpleasant sensation and an emotional experience. It stems from activation of the nervous system and can be linked to tissue damage.

The sensation of pain is a warning which allows the body to react.

Pain is described in different ways, including stabbing, aching, throbbing, stinging, sore.

People respond to pain differently. Some people appear to have a high tolerance for pain whilst others have a lower tolerance. It is highly subjective.