“What is causing my pain”, is a question I get asked a lot so I thought I’d begin by giving an introduction into this subject.
Over the years our knowledge of pain has changed and is still changing, what I want to try to do is give some information on the current thinking.
If you can begin to understand what pain is, it can help you cope and recover better than if you have misconceived ideas about pain. Sometimes a misunderstanding of what’s causing the pain can make things worse.
Lets start with the definition of pain…
“An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”.
What this tells us is that it isn’t always the case that pain is related to damage. It could be warning us of potential damage. It has been noted that people with extensive tissue damage can experience a lot of pain or sometimes very minimal pain. People can experience a lot of pain with very little damage or in the extreme case of phantom limb pain, there can be no source of pain but lots of pain.
This shows us that pain is a lot more than just tissue damage. It can be affected by lots of different factors in our life our emotions, how we have experienced pain in the past, the stress we are under as well as our social connections with friends and family.
We call this method of looking at pain the bio-psycho-social model.
This is where we look at;
the biological elements such as tissue damage,
psychological, the affect of our mind
and the social, looking at our friends and family support networks.
So this means we can look at some different areas to help resolve or pain and I will start to look at this in more depth next month.
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