Learn About the Main Types of Pain
Millions of people have some kind of pain that must be endured daily, whether due to injury or illness. BCS Pain Clinic understands how such discomfort can negatively impact the activities of daily living for a sufferer. There are many options to diagnose, treat and manage such suffering and it is important to know that there are different kinds of pain with numerous causes best managed by understanding the different points of origin.
Pain and Recovery
Pain is what happens when the body tells the brain that there is something wrong somewhere, whether it is mild and simple like a cut on the finger or severe like the torment that accompanies a broken bone. The brain receives messages from the central nervous system that there is a problem – and pain is the result. This feeling acts as the body’s warning and notification system, sending a message to rest, heal and get well again before that central warning system can shut down and symptoms go away.
Unfortunately, the process of healing and repairing is not so simple. It is important to identify the type of pain that is involved so appropriate methods can be used to provide relief. BCS Pain Clinic works with patients to uncover the pain source and make the best recommendations for treatment based on such findings.
Nociceptive pain is caused by an injury or illness directly connected to the pain itself. An injury causes immediate pain; when the causing factor is healed, the feeling resolves. Nociceptive pain can be easier to treat because the source of is more easily determined. There are two types of nociceptive pain: visceral and somatic.
Somatic – This pain is superficial and deep, caused by the body’s immediate response to some kind of injury like a wound or a burn. Superficial somatic pain is a localized, acute feeling originating from any cutting or burning injury to the skin. Deep somatic pain is less localized and caused by injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones within the body, differing based on which nerves are affected and how pain radiates through the body such as back pain that can travel down the leg by the same connected nerve.
Visceral Pain – This reaction is felt from within the body, as it is associated with pressing, pulling and stretching of internal organs secondary to whatever the main problem is. Visceral pain is experienced by many as an internal ache, nausea and vomiting and other feelings of sensitivity from inside the body. It can be more difficult to pinpoint the cause of visceral pain.
Neuropathic pain is experienced when illness or chronic conditions cause damage to nerves creating pain signals even without any physical injury. It can accompany many conditions such as fibromyalgia, cancer, nerve trunk trauma within the spinal column, and others as well. Patients with this pain experience constant, low-grade discomfort, tingling sensations, feelings of numbness, burning or cold feelings, and just general aching feelings. With so many complex factors involved, it is often more difficult to treat.
Although this covers how detailed pain management can be, there are many options available for all types of problems. With a detailed medical history and any necessary diagnostics, any qualified pain clinic can help all patients in finding the root of their pain and treating it using the best methods possible!
You Can Look to BCS Pain Clinic For Help With Many Types of Pain!
If you need help managing pain, call BCS Pain Clinic at 979-764-7246 to set up an appointment for an evaluation and discussion of available options to help you live with your pain!