Believe it or not, pain can be a good thing. The nervous system triggers a sensation of pain to stop you from doing something that might cause a severe injury and to let you know that something may be wrong. In most cases, if you treat the source of the pain, it will go away.
James Roth, MD
Specialty: Pain Medicine
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- What is the purpose of pain?
How is the pain from central pain syndrome different than normal pain?
The pain caused by nerve damage is very different from the pain that most of us have experienced. Central pain syndrome can feel like a buzzing or tingling sensation, or it can be more severe, causing a deep burning or tearing sensation, often with sudden bursts of sharp pain. Some experience a crawling or itching feeling on the skin in addition to the pain. Adding to the experience, the pain is usually constant and aggravated by change in temperature--especially cold temperatures, strong emotion, or any kind of touch or movement.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Why should I report physical pain to my doctor if I am an older adult?
As an older adult, it is vital that you tell your doctor if you are experiencing pain since it can impact your health more than your advancing age or any diseases you may have. Persistent, unrelieved pain is a powerful predictor of depression, social isolation and even suicide. Conversely, addressing your pain will maximize your ability to remain active and engaged in life.
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