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Natural Pain Relief – Pain Relief Without Drugs
- What is Pain?
- Pain Is a Symptom of Other Diseases
- Chronic Pain
- Back Pain
- How Is Back Pain Treated
- Leg Cramps, Muscle Cramps
- Joint Pain
- Pain Relief without Drugs
- Natural pain Relief
What is Pain
Throbbing, burning, aching, stinging–the terms patients use to describe pain are often different because pain, and likewise, pain relief, is personal and subjective and influenced by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and psychosocial factors. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines it as an unpleasant experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage to a person's body.
There are two basic forms of physical pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain, for the most part, results from disease, inflammation, or injury to tissues. It is immediate and usually of a short duration. Acute pain is a normal response to injury and may be accompanied by anxiety or emotional distress. The cause of acute pain can usually be diagnosed and treated.
Chronic pain is continuous pain that persists for more than 3 months, and beyond the time of normal healing. It ranges from mild to severe and can last
weeks, months, or years to a lifetime. The cause of chronic pain is not always evident, although it can be brought on by chronic conditions such as arthritis
and fibromyalgia. Chronic pain can often interfere with a patient's quality of life, sleep, and productivity.
A Symptom of Other Diseases
Pain often accompanies diseases of the bones, muscles, joints, and skin, which affect millions of Americans. Most of these diseases are
chronic and may cause lifelong pain. In certain cases, such as with some rheumatic diseases, the sources of pain may include inflammation of
the synovial membrane (tissue that lines the joints), the tendons, or the ligaments; muscle strain; and muscle fatigue. A combination of these
factors contributes to the intensity of the pain. Muscle inflammation characterizes other painful disorders such as polymyositis (characterized
by inflamed and tender muscles throughout the body, particularly those of the shoulder and hip) and dermatomyositis (characterized by patchy red
rashes around the knuckles, eyes, and other parts of the body, along with chronic inflammation of the muscles).
In other cases, such as with myofascial pain syndromes, the cause of the pain is unknown. Myofascial pain syndromes affect sensitive areas known
as trigger points, located within the body's muscles. It is important to consult with a physician to help determine the cause and treatment for your pain.