By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
Pain – A Surprisingly Complex Experience
Pain seems pretty elementary – it hurts! When it really hurts, you want to throw yourself out of your skin. It’s actually not so simple. Pain is often described as a complex, “biopsychosocial phenomenon“. The International Association for the Study of Pain describes pain as an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience”.
There’s the sensory side of pain – how the pain signals get to the brain and are processed – and the sensations they produce. We know those processes are damaged in fibromyalgia, but that’s not nearly the end of the pain situation for those with fibromyalgia or chronic pain.
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