How Does Pain Affect the Body?

knee athletes painPain can be described as a message from your brain to your body advising that something is not right.  When pain is first detected it is advisable to take notice of the pain and try and establish the cause of the pain and stop the cause if possible.

In the long term if pain is not managed effectively by getting to the cause of the problem, the following things may happen:

  • Reduced ability to recover from illness;
  • Spikes in blood pressure which may lead to heart attacks and strokes;
  • Nausea or loss of appetite;
  • Difficulty sleeping and sleep pattern disturbances;
  • Drowsiness, general weakness or fatigue;
  • Mood swings including feelings of helplessness, anger, irritability, anxiety, depression, social isolation and even suicide;
  • High hormone levels which place stress on the heart, lungs and other organs;
  • Difficulty concentrating;
  • Being inactive or disruption of daily activities; and/or
  • Loss of interest in normal activities including work, hobbies, family, relationships and interests.

It is strongly advisable to seek medical attention to get to the source of your pain.  Once you have discovered the cause of your pain, you can consider different pain management strategies that may be suitable for yourself and your condition.

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