A Powerful Guide For Controlling Your Pain Using Natural Methods

Chapter 1: An Overview of Pain

In this chapter, you will learn what pain means. You will also learn the impact of pain on your body.


 When a person is in pain, what exactly is going on in their bodies?
 Is pain just physical or can it also be psychological?
 Can you measure pain?


To know how to control your pain, you have to know what exactly happens to cause you this discomfort.


Basic Info


Definition of Pain


Pain can generally be defined as an unpleasant feeling. This is normally transmitted to the brain through the neurotic system. This feeling can be caused by an actual injury or even by a potential one. Once this is experienced in any part of the body, the signals are transmitted to the brain and interpreted as pain. This is what creates the physical awareness of the feeling and causes the person to react. This response can be physical or even emotional.
Pain may occur due to an injury such as a broken limb, a stabbing wound, a cut, a tear of the skin and a number of other injuries.


The intensity of the pain may depend on the type of the injury and the extent. Pain may also occur as a result of an illnesses or medical condition. Examples of such pains include abdominal pain, chest pains, ovary pain headaches and a number of other pains. Pain may also be brought by psychological conditions such as depression. There are also times when someone may experience pain but the trigger is not identified.


When the pain signal is transmitted to the brain, this alerts a person to move their body from the cause of the pain. For instance, if someone steps on you, you will immediately experience a sharp pain. This will cause you to react and move away. If there was no serious injury, then the pain may easily go away immediately. However, if any tissue injuries occur, you may need to get some pain relievers in order to get rid of the pain.


It is always advisable to visit a doctor when you experience pain. This is much better than actually running to the pharmacists and getting off the counter pain. Pain may be a symptom for something more serious and that’s why it should never be ignored. Once you have consulted with a doctor, then you can enquire about the natural methods that you can use to control the pain. Remember, it’s not wise to start with the natural methods without first seeing the doctor.


A doctor will advise you on the best methods to use to control your pain.


Pain can affect a person’s ability to take part in the daily activities. For instance, it may affect the ability of person to move around especially with limb pains. In serious cases, pain can seriously affect a person ability to live normally. There are things like excitement that may actually worsen the individual’s pain. Depending on the type and intensity of the pain, a person may not be able to live without pain medication.


Pain may be a symptom for something else.


Pain intensity


When you go to the hospital, doctors can use a scale to establish the intensity of pain. This is necessary to enable them to determine just how much pain you are currently feeling. This can help them determine the seriousness of your pain. It will also give them an indication of the amount and intensity of medication to be used. The pain scales can also help in indicating just how effective the medication is.


Pain scales can also be used for natural methods of controlling the pain. If you have been using natural methods, you can use the scales to determine whether the methods you have been using are working or not. You can get a scale to use at home or alternatively have a doctor use their scale for you.


Some of the scales that are normally used for this include, the number scale. This scale is from number zero to ten. Zero represents no pain, whereas the number ten represents intense pain. The intensity of the pain may fall to any of the other numbers between this.


There are also word scales whereby a patient normally uses words to describe their pain. They can describe it using adjectives such as severe, moderate or mild. There are also faces scales. These normally work best with kids.


Different faces show different degrees of pain. A kid just has to pick out the face that best represents how they feel.

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