What is pain classified as?

Pain is a universal experience that we’ve all felt at some point in our lives, whether it’s from stubbing our toe on the corner of the couch, getting a paper cut, or suffering an injury. When pain strikes us unexpectedly, it can be quite shocking and unpleasant. But what exactly is pain classified as? In this article filled with funny anecdotes and witty remarks, I’ll answer this question for you so you can finally understand why your body punishes you for doing simple activities.

The Basics: Defining Pain

Before diving into the classification of pain, let’s first define what pain actually means. According to MedicalNewsToday, “Pain is an unpleasant sensation that can range from mild discomfort to agonizing misery.” Basically, it’s your brain’s way of telling you that something isn’t right in your body.

Wait…Our Brain?

Did someone say brain? Yes! Believe it or not, experiencing physical sensations like pain is actually thanks to our brains working hard to keep us safe. Our nervous system sends signals up through our spinal cord directly into our brains where they are interpreted as roughness or heat.

Acute Vs Chronic Pain

Now that we know how our bodies detect pain let’s dive deeper into understanding its classifications:

Acute pains are typically short-lived pains caused by an injury or damage within hours/days after tissue damage. It generally lasts longer than three months but improves mostly without any interventions.

Chronic pains persist for more than 3-6 months & typically signalization function has gotten distorted (chronic low sustained activation).

For instance – think about hitting your finger really hard with a hammer once versus dealing with arthritis long-term over several years; one is acute while another chronic.

Types Of Pain

As per leading medical experts across the globe there are different types of pain according to their specific symptoms and causes.

Somatic Pain

Somatic pain mostly stems from damaged tissues in muscles, joints, bones or ligaments. It tends to be sharp or dull that can occur between a muscle’s movements; bone and joint problems generally worsen after activity.

Some examples of somatic pains include:

  • Muscle sprains/strains
  • Fractures
  • Osteoporosis

Visceral Pain

Visceral pain occurs due to internal deep body organs being injured or inflamed which can result in chronic pain such as gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), pelvic inflammatory disease, & ureteral stones.

Unlike somatic pains where inflammation/swelling might occur externally putting pressure on different parts of your body versus visceral which is immovable causing fullness and bloating internally.

### Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pains arise when nerves get damaged directly by an injury or other underlying medical conditions like:

Disease: Multiple sclerosis , Friedreich Ataxia; Stroke

Trauma: Spinal cord injuries/Traumatic brain injuries

Others include – peripheral neuropathy, shingles ,trigeminal neuralgia…

## Conclusion

And there you have it! You now know what “pain” is classified as thanks to our very witty guide. We hope we’ve made this informative article much more entertaining than most head-scratching scientific articles out there. Remember – always listen intently when your brain signals impending danger or injury 💡

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