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Expressing Your Pain

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

pain, sleeplessness, discomfort, cramping pain, sharp pain, shooting pain, stabbing pain, pain scales

Overview *

Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. You may feel pain in one area of your body, such as your back, abdomen or chest or you may feel pain all over, such as when your muscles ache from the flu.
Pain can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. Without pain, you might seriously hurt yourself without knowing it, or you might not realize you have a medical problem that needs treatment. Once you take care of the problem, pain usually goes away. However, sometimes pain goes on for weeks, months or even years. This is called chronic pain. Sometimes chronic pain is due to an ongoing cause, such as cancer or arthritis. Sometimes the cause is unknown.
Fortunately, there are ways to express pain and many ways to treat it. Treatment varies depending on the cause of pain. Pain relievers, acupuncture and sometimes surgery are helpful.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Identifying Your Pain
Pain Scales | Conclusion

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education tutorial explains how you can describe your pain to your healthcare provider.

This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout This button starts a multimedia program with interactive questions

This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout

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This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout.

This button starts a multimedia program with interactive questions.

   
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Last reviewed: 1/9/2007

 
     
 

.Selected topic overviews were adapted from Medlineplus, the National Library of Medicine *

 
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