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Pain is quite a broad term that represents any uncomfortable feeling in the body. We feel hurt when the nervous system is activated due to tissue damage.

What Is Pain In General?

We feel hurt when the nervous system is activated due to tissue damage. You can experience painful situations in two different ways; a dull ache or a sharp stabbing.

Normally, it can start and stop or in most cases appear under some circumstances such as during cramps. What you should know is that people respond differently to stress.

There are those with a high tolerance, those with moderate and those with low tolerance.

Common causes of pain include;

  • Cramps.
  • Headache.
  • Bone fracture.
  • Arthritis.
  • Stomach ache.
  • Cuts.
  • Muscle strain etc.

Remember, there are those disorders/illnesses that can also result in pain such as; fibromyalgia, flu, reproductive issues and irritable bowel syndrome.

There are also people who experience pain with other symptoms ranging from dizziness, nausea, irritability, depression, anger to loss of appetite.

There are two main types;

  1. Acute.
  2. Chronic.

Acute is usually short-lived but intense. It the unique way of the body alerting a person that there is tissue damage or injury. When an acute pain is reported by the nervous system, the body’s mechanism (fight-or-fight) is triggered resulting in palpitations and high breathing rate.

However, if you act on acute stress faster, the pain slowly/gradually dies. Example of acute stress are;

  • Somatic.
  • Referred.
  • Visceral.

Chronic on the other hand can’t be resolved meaning that it lasts longer. It can either be severe or mild, continuous or intermittent.

Since this type of stress is not easily managed, it is the sympathetic nervous system that adapts to the stimulus of the pain.