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What is it?
Perception of pain is indeed a complicated subject. In the simplistic world, when a damage occurs to an area in the body, information needs to be sent to brain for processing and appropriate action needs to be taken to prevent further damage. This is purely a simple act of self-preservation.
For ease of understanding, I will split the pain into 3 groups as below:
A) Pain can be due to damage of tissues and one can locate the damage.
This is due to direct damage of the tissues and you can precisely feel the location and stop damage by protecting the area.This is very easy to understand. Removing the offending stimuli is the best was to deal with this pain.
B) Pain can be ‘referred’ due to false representation in the brain due to a damage along the track of the nerve.
Sometimes you can get false signals and “feel” pain when in fact there is no damage occurring.This is because the nerves that take the signal are affected due to a damage elsewhere and your brain ‘tells you’ that the pain is in a different area. This is very much like the cross talk’ heard in the telephone conversation in old times. Dealing with the lesion that affects the nerve elsewhere is the way to control this type of pain.
C) Pan can be ‘complex’ - (CRPS - Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
Sometimes one may be in an heightened state when even a minor stimuli will be “amplified” by the brain and one will “feel” intense pain. This is similar to the karaoke microphone howling due to a high gain signal. Unlike a mike, this pain signals cannot be easily switched off and can have severe physical and psychological impact on the individual. This requires multi modal approach with use of medications that work on slowing down current transmission in the nerve pathway to clinical psychologist help via pain management services.
The mind set of the person can influence how they “feel” the pain and hence some will tell you that they have “high” or “low” pain threshold. But this may not be a true reflection on their actual ability to deal with pain. Mind set has a lot to do with how one handles pain.