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Pain- An Important Protector of body…

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Pain is though unpleasant, but scientifically pain is proved to be good protector of body.

“No pains, no gains. If little labour, little are our gains: Man’s fortunes are according to his pains.”
                           poet, Robert Herrick.

painSame hold true in a matter of body pain also. We always want to run away from pain just because we can’t tolerate them or feel uncomfortable. We are spending too many pennies to stay pain free. Why we not think in such events...why there is pain? Why you experience pain quite before you get illness?
Today science has proven that pain is not as bad as you are expecting, but it is a good opportunity for you to prevent future consequences.

Understanding pain

International Association for the study of pain defines pain as,” an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”.

Pain is an individual experience. For some it is constant, for some it is throbbing while some may say as burning.
Pain is typically classified as either acute or chronic. Acute pain is of sudden onset and is usually the result of a clearly defined cause such as an injury. Acute pain resolves with the healing of its underlying cause. Chronic pain persists for weeks or months and is usually associated with an underlying condition, such as arthritis.
Pain can range from mild, moderate to severe in intensity depending up on extent of injury.

An alert system
It is said that pain is the most common reason patients seek medical attention. But, each of us perceives a given pain stimulus in our own unique manner.

Edward Paul, MD, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine answered, why pain is good for us on ABCnews.

According to Edward Paul, pain is a signal that warns us about something not going physiologically well with our body.
Pain is an indication of different diseases such as infection, spasm, and muscle strain, sign of slipped disc or new fracture. Both worsening and ceasing of pain many times help to reach at the diagnosis.

Good for heart attack
A report on How the dreaded sensation plays a crucial role in keeping us alive is published on Daily mail.

According to the British scientists intense pain of heart attack stimulate the brain to start physiological processes that are involved in repair mechanism such as stem cells repair system. So, actually, pain helps to activate the underlying healing mechanism of the body during a heart attack. Use of powerful analgesic, pain inhibiting medicines, such as morphine inhibit pain response and stop repairing mechanism to work out. This untimely reduces chances for victim’s survival.

Hence, pain is not just an alert system of something going bad inside the body, but an indicator of the body is fixing its problem at its own.

Defence mechanism
Lynn B, in The Neurobiology of pain, under heading cutaneous nociceptors states that our skin is densely innervated by sensory endings specialized in detecting injuries. Pain sensation from such injuries makes us to withdraw the respective body part immediately and prevent us from further damaging.

Control inflammation
A researcher said in a paper; published in Journal Nature Medicines that pain plays an important role in regulating the body’s inflammatory cycle - daily mail.

Whenever there is an infection in joint neutrophils, body’s defensive cells against infection, reach there and lead to inflammation. When the nerves around the affected joints send pain signals, they prevent further entry of more neutrophils in the inflamed area and prevent over reaction and subsequently control inflammation.

It doesn’t mean that you should adopt ‘wait and watch’ policy on every pain event and avoid physician consultation in severe agony also. Pain is body’s alarm sign for you to take a precaution rather than undue exaggeration.

"Nothing begins, and nothing ends,
That is not paid with moan;

For we are born in other's pain,
And perish in our own."

-- James Kenneth Stephen

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