When we feel pain randomly and inexplicably, we can find ourselves filled with resentment towards our bodies and are often left wondering why our limbs are letting us down or why we can feel sharp pains in random body parts. Interestingly, despite what most people think, chronic pain is actually our body’s way of protecting us; it is a survival mechanism and a protective response to perceived threats to our bodies. It is because of what it feels like to experience the unpleasantness of pain that it can be hard to understand the fact that pain is actually our body’s coping mechanism. We’re about to break it down for you.
The Body Issues Pain To Warn Us Of Danger
When we experience pain, the first thing we do (after moaning) is try to find some form of relief. In this sense, the body produces pain when it is under threat to motivate us to do something about the threat. If we feel pain, it is because our brains think that our bodies are under threat and its encouraging us to protect ourselves. So, when a body part is damaged, nerve endings are triggered and signals are sent to the brain- which our brain interprets as harmful or not. Pain is a survival mechanism: without it, we wouldn’t know when our body needs treatment and we wouldn’t have an incentive to get this treatment. Pain serves a very important purpose and without it, we wouldn’t survive for very long.
Pain Is A Way Of Coping With Psychological Pain
It’s no secret that feeling pain has a psychological and emotional dimension. In fact, it is emotional pain that actually sometimes produce physical bodily reactions. When we experience feelings of frustration or anger about pain, even though it’s outside of our control, we are actually exacerbating it because these emotions have an effect on the emotional component of the brain. Unfortunately, this often results in misdiagnosis because as emotional suffering manifests physically, the problem frequently gets diagnosed as physical. Consequently, the emotional pain remains unresolved and the symptoms persist.
Our Tendency To Unknowingly Make Our Pain Worse
When pain surfaces our self-questioning and self-examination as to what caused the pain helps us determine what’s causing it. However, with persistent or chronic pain, once we’ve tried different techniques to relieve the pain and nothings seems to work, the conclusions we jump to can often not address what’s going on, or make it worse. Struggling to identify the cause of the pain places even more emotional pressure on ourselves and actually ends up contributing to the pain cycle. Often, we presume the worst and this aggravates our stress.