When you begin to feel pain what do you do? You go to your primary care provider or a clinician seeking relief! But what do you tell them when you get there other than “I am in pain.” Well, would you believe us if we said that it might help if you can tell the physician or clinician what kind of pain you are experiencing?

Being able to describe your pain in terms that the medical professional will be better able to understand can lead to a quicker diagnosis and a speedy recovery. Continue reading as we discuss some of the most commonly experienced pains so that when you schedule an appointment you can give the physician or clinician more details.

Common Types Of Pain:

Refractory Pain – Refractory pain is a pain that seems to be resistant to ordinary treatment. Telling your physician or clinician that you are experiencing refractory pain can inform them that you have tried treating the pain in the past.

Incident-Related Pain – Incident-related pain is often found in joints or areas of the body that are high-movement. The term refers to pain as a result of movement.

Breakthrough Pain – Breakthrough pain is a severe pain that occurs while a high-strength painkiller is in use. Breakthrough pain can signify that the medication is not working.

Paroxysmal Pain – Paroxysmal pain refers to pain that flares up rapidly out of nowhere. Informing the physician or clinician of this pain can help with diagnosis.

Analgesia – Analgesia is a state where previously painful stimuli are no longer perceived as painful because you have become used to the constant pain.

Visceral Pain – Visceral pain refers to the pain found in your internal organs. Using the term “visceral” can indicate the presence of an internal irregularity.

Musculoskeletal Pain – Musculoskeletal pain refers to the pain of the muscles, joints, connective tissue, and bones. It is also referred to as somatic pain.

Neuropathic Pain – Neuropathic pain refers to pain that is caused as a result of an irregularity or damage to the nervous system.

While it might not seem like a big deal to be able to tell your clinician or physician the specific kind of pain that you are experiencing, it is. By doing so you are providing them with information that could help them make a quicker diagnosis — resulting in a faster recovery.

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