Pain is something that everyone experiences throughout their lifetime, and pain is--quite frankly--a pain in the butt to deal with. However, dealing with pain can be made a whole lot easier if you keep these few things in mind. Types of Pain

Pain is typically classified into two different types: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain usually comes on suddenly and has a limited duration. It can be random or the result of a recent injury (i.e. a stubbed toe). Chronic pain lasts longer and is typically associated with a long-term illness such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.

Common Causes of Pain

When it comes to the question of what causes pain, the answers are almost endless. Pain can be the result of an external injury, recent or from your past. It can be the result of processes within your body. It can be caused by something as simple as sleeping in the wrong position at night or sitting for too long in your work chair. It can be random, seemingly caused by nothing at all, or it could also be the signal of an internal illness or injury. Whatever the cause, it’s important to be able to identify the source of your pain in order to be able to fix it.

Ways to Alleviate Pain

The treatment of pain depends largely on the type of pain that you are experiencing. In many cases if you’re experiencing mild acute pain, treatment can be as simple as utilizing ice and popping some Ibuprofin. If you are suffering severe pain from an injury or illness then a doctor may prescribe you a stronger prescription painkiller. Medicine isn’t necessarily the answer for every type of pain, however. There are a few easy things you can do at home to alleviate everyday pain: soak in the bathtub, make sure to stretch everyday, get a massage, keep heating and cooling pads in the house.

When to See a Professional

If you’re experiencing pain, don’t freak out! Not all pain is an indicator of serious injury/illness. As an average individual, it’s hard to know when to seek medical attention in regards to pain. Here are a few indicators that you might need to see a professional.

You should see a doctor if…

Pain lasts significantly longer than expected.

Pain causes you extreme discomfort.

You are experiencing severe pain and there is no obvious cause.

Your pain is debilitating.

Pain worsens when it should be decreasing.

Pain is accompanied by other symptoms (vomiting, headaches, dizziness, fever, etc.)

If at any point you feel afraid or think there may be something serious wrong with you, please seek attention immediately. For most people, though, pain is just a part of life that we have to learn to accept and deal with. Understanding where it comes from and how to treat it, though, will go a long way in making your life a lot easier!