Pain: A Method of Communication

Pain and Agony by Suzanne Marie LeClair


There are few things that we all have in common. One of these things is pain. Pain is largely defined as an unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of intensity as a consequence of injury, disease, and/or mental and emotional suffering. Some synonyms are anguish, annoyance, irritation, vexation, and discomfort. With pain our ability to thrive is somehow hampered. And most people will say that if they are experiencing significant pain, it very quickly becomes the focus of their life.

Pain, in the body, is a method of communication. It’s a subtle to extreme alarm system. Most children born with congenital insensitivity to pain, a condition where the brain is indifferent to pain stimuli coming in through the peripheral nerves, don’t live very long. This is often due to an infection they get and are not aware of because they cannot feel pain. As a result a small infection, caused by something like a splinter that goes unnoticed and untreated, leads to a larger systemic infection and death.

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