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'Because pain is always personal, no two people experience it in the same way'.
We all know what pain is. We have all suffered from it. Sometimes, we hardly notice it. Sometimes, it’s unbearable. Usually, it goes away on its own. Sometimes, it goes away with treatment. Rarely, it doesn’t go away at all, but becomes persistent (sometimes called chronic) pain.
Pain signals normally travel from the painful part of the body along thousands of specialised nerve fibres, through the spinal cord, to the brain. However, in some cases (for example, pain after a stroke), damage to the brain or to the spinal cord itself can start the pain sensation.
Pain signals are initially processed in the spinal cord and then in the brain, where there are connections with centres associated with anxiety, emotions, sleep, appetite and memory.
This creates a very personal experience of pain for each person.
Although medical technology is improving all the time, some pain is very complicated. It may involve so many factors that we will never be able to find the precise cause of it accurately with machines, or make it show up in any tests. However, not knowing the cause of the pain does not mean it is not a very real problem. Only the person in pain can really say how painful something is. Because pain is always personal, no two people experience it in the same way. This makes it very difficult to define and to treat.