What is Pain ? ….

Is it the awful sensation of something stabbing, burning or stinging or maybe a series of electrical currents which send messages to the brain that the body is going through some sort of trauma or stress situation.

Well, both really. In “Wikipedia” it says “Pain, is the unpleasant feeling common to such experiences as stabbing a toe, or burning a finger or putting iodine on a cut (Ouch!)”. The International Association for the study of Pain defines it as “an unpleasant sensing and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage”.

Apparently your peripheral nerves extend from your spinal cord to your skin, muscles, bones, joints and internal organs. Some nerve fibres end with receptors that respond to touch, pressure, vibration, cold and warmth and other nerve fibres end with nociceptors, which are receptors that detect actual or potential tissue damage.

Sounds complicated? Well…

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