Pain FAQs:

Q: Is pain a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli, such as stubbing a toe, burning a finger, putting alcohol on a cut, or bumping the "funny bone"?

A: Yes, Because it is a complex, subjective phenomenon, defining pain has been a challenge.

Q: Is pain pain felt in a part of the body that has been lost or from which the brain no longer receives signals?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain felt?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain initially described as burning or tingling but may evolve into severe crushing or pinching pain?

A: Yes, or the sensation of fire running down the legs or of a knife twisting in the flesh.

Q: Is pain helpful to survival?

A: Yes, although some psychodynamic psychologists argue that such pain is psychogenic, enlisted as a protective distraction to keep dangerous emotions unconscious.

Q: Is pain diffuse?

A: Yes, and difficult to locate and often referred to a distant, usually superficial, structure.

Q: Is pain caused by stimulation of sensory nerve fibers that respond to stimuli approaching or exceeding harmful intensity?

A: Yes, and may be classified according to the mode of noxious stimulation.

Q: Is pain no longer felt?

A: Yes, or is greatly diminished.

Q: Is pain given by German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, who wrote: "Only great pain is the ultimate liberator of the spirit….I doubt that such pain makes us ‘better’"?

A: Yes, but I know that it makes us more profound”. Nietzsche and philosophers influenced by him thus oppose the entirely negative valuation of pain, instead holding that 'What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

Q: Is pain a symptom of many medical conditions?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain transitory acute pain that comes on suddenly and is not alleviated by the patient's regular pain management?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain dealt with in culture?

A: Yes, and religion, philosophy, or society.

Q: Is pain regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain the main reason for visiting the emergency department in more than 50% of cases and is present in 30% of family practice visits?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain sometimes diagnosed as psychogenic?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever he says it does""?

A: Yes, To assess intensity, the patient may be asked to locate their pain on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being no pain at all, and 10 the worst pain they have ever felt.

Q: Is pain a common experience of amputees?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain caused by damage or disease affecting any part of the nervous system involved in bodily feelings?

A: Yes, Peripheral neuropathic pain is often described as "burning", "tingling", "electrical", "stabbing", or "pins and needles". Bumping the "funny bone" elicits acute peripheral neuropathic pain.

Q: Is pain relieved by therapeutic intervention?

A: Yes, and scores on the neurotic triad and anxiety fall, often to normal levels.

Q: Is pain an important political topic in relation to various issues?

A: Yes, and including pain management policy, drug control, animal rights or animal welfare, torture, and pain compliance.

Q: Is pain at present a question beyond scientific reach?

A: Yes, since no mechanism is known by which they could have such a feeling.

Q: Is pain initiated by activation of nociceptors in the skin or other superficial tissue?

A: Yes, and is sharp, well-defined and clearly located.

Q: Is pain usually transitory?

A: Yes, and lasting only until the noxious stimulus is removed or the underlying damage or pathology has healed, but some painful conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, cancer and idiopathic pain, may persist for years.

Q: Is pain pain that arises as a result of activity?

A: Yes, such as movement of an arthritic joint, stretching a wound, etc.

Q: Is pain deserved punishment for past transgressions?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain usually managed with medications such as analgesics and anesthetics?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain the most common reason for physician consultation in most developed countries?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain also associated with increased depression?

A: Yes, and anxiety, fear, and anger.

Q: Was pain higher for girls?

A: Yes, and girls' reports of chronic pain increased markedly between ages 12 and 14.

Q: Is pain continuous for a long period?

A: Yes, and parts of the intact body may become sensitized, so that touching them evokes pain in the phantom limb.

Q: Is pain produced by intense stimulation of these fibers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain widespread throughout surgical wards?

A: Yes, and intensive care units, accident and emergency departments, in general practice, in the management of all forms of chronic pain including cancer pain, and in end of life care.

Q: Is pain an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage?

A: Yes, or described in terms of such damage.

Q: Is pain essential for protection from injury?

A: Yes, and recognition of the presence of injury.

Q: Is pain part of the body's defense system?

A: Yes, and producing a reflexive retraction from the painful stimulus, and tendencies to protect the affected body part while it heals, and avoid that harmful situation in the future.

Q: Was pain a disturbance that passed down along nerve fibers until the disturbance reached the brain?

A: Yes, and a development that transformed the perception of pain from a spiritual, mystical experience to a physical, mechanical sensation.

Q: Is pain effectively required to be made is in legal awards for pain and suffering?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain the most common reason for people to use complementary and alternative medicine?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pains well balanced?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pain initiated by stimulation of nociceptors in ligaments?

A: Yes, and tendons, bones, blood vessels, fasciae and muscles, and is dull, aching, poorly-localized pain.

Q: Is pain a branch of philosophy of mind that deals essentially with physical pain?

A: Yes, and especially in connection with such views as dualism, identity theory, and functionalism.

Q: Is pain related to sociocultural characteristics?

A: Yes, such as gender, ethnicity, and age.