Chronic pain can be devastating, both physically and emotionally and can impact almost every aspect of someone’s life.
The opioid epidemic in the United States is a major problem for our society. Opioid addiction and related opioid deaths are an epidemic that are occurring in almost every community and at every socioeconomic level.
What is Pain?
Pain should be our ally and not our enemy. Pain is a warning sign that there is a problem. If the pain gets worse during an activity, it is a good idea to curtail that activity.
Pain is a complex and multifactoral experience and many areas of the brain are involved.
There are pain endings called nociceptors. It is normal to have several billion nociceptor nerve ending firings in the human body per second, even when a person isn’t in pain. The vast majority of these impulses are filtered out.
Pain isn’t perceived until the nociceptor firings are significantly increased.