7 bizarre facts about pain - Part 2: does your brain feel pain?

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If you read our previous blog post, you know that pain is an unpleasant (yet normal) sensation and emotional experience linked to tissue damage. We feel pain when a signal is sent through nerve fibers to the brain for interpretation. Pain can be short-term or long-term, it can stay in one place, or it can spread throughout the body.

Pain is inevitable because it is a part of every living being's defense mechanisms. It warns us to take action to prevent further tissue damage. People experience and describe pain differently, and this diversity makes it sometimes hard to diagnose and difficult to treat. Today, we continue revealing bizarre facts about pain. It doesn’t hurt to know!

4. Your brain does not feel pain at all

Ouch! When you cut your finger with a knife or touch something hot, your body releases chemicals that send pain signals up through the spinal cord to receptors in the brain. The smart brain then sends the pain message back down to the part of the body that hurts. Your brain acts only as an interpreter of pain - it does not have any pain-sensitive nerves. Curiously enough, the structures that surround the brain do feel pain. That being said, once inside the brain, brain surgeons can operate on the brain without anesthesia…

5. The Most Common Pain Condition? Back pain.

Did you know, that each year, up to one-quarter of U.S. adults experience low-back pain? Most people have significant back pain at least once in their lives. What is surprising, however, is how often the cause is unknown. Back pain varies widely and often goes away after being addressed with a regular pain management treatment. But more and more often, the pain becomes chronic and even debilitating. Low-back pain is a challenging condition to diagnose, treat, and study. What's the best way to prevent chronic back pain? Experts say that a combination of gentle, regular stretching and back strengthening exercises is crucial. Remember that maintaining a healthy body weight makes a real difference not only for your spine, but for your overall health.

6. Quit smoking and ease your pain!

We bet you had no idea that smoking increases your risk for back pain. It's also been shown to increase chronic pain in people with fibromyalgia and neck pain. It happens because nicotine in cigarette smoke can significantly decrease the blood flow to joints in the back and can delay healing. It is not uncommon that people who smoke need to take more pain medication than those who don't in order to feel back pain relief.

7. Want to ease osteoarthritis pain? Move your body!

If you suffer from osteoarthritis pain, you better get moving. The omnipresent belief that rest is the best treatment for a painful osteoarthritic back, neck, or knee is a myth! Experts say that exercise is an important way to prevent and to manage pain from osteoarthritis. Some of the obvious benefits of exercise include increasing the blood supply to cartilage and bone, strengthening the muscles that support joints, and decreasing joint stiffness. You should have your sneakers on by now! Exercise improves general health, reduces stress, improves sleep, increases libido, and helps fight depression for people with chronic pain from osteoarthritis! Ready for a walk? Let’s go!

More information about pain and pain management in Pompano Beach

If you are in pain, you will be pleased to hear that there are many effective treatment options which can help you 'get your life back.' Make sure your pain management doctor is Board Certified and experienced in the evaluation and treatment of various causes of pain. At Coastal Pain Medicine - a leading pain clinic in Pompano Beach - we strive to provide unparalleled patient care. Our pain doctors focus both on the physical progress and on the emotional well-being of their patients. The goal always is to restore patients to their full functioning, so they can enjoy a pain-free life and resume various activities. Contact our pain clinic today at  (954)-543-5100 to find out more about pain management in Pompano Beach or to schedule an appointment.

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