Pain management

WHAT IS PAIN?

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage. There are many types of pain including acute pain, chronic pain and intermittent pain. If you never felt pain, you might seriously hurt yourself without realising it.


Acute pain is defined as short-term pain, chronic pain is defined as long-term persistent pain and pain that comes and goes is referred to as recurrent or intermittent pain.


Acute pain is like an alarm telling us something may be wrong. It may be a sign of a minor problem or a sign that something more serious is wrong. You may feel pain in one area of your body, such as your back, stomach, chest, or pelvis, or you may feel pain in multiple areas.

Chronic or intermittent pain is often associated with long-term conditions and is usually complex. It has many physical and psychological components and individuals may experience fatigue, anxiety, mood changes and depression, in addition to the pain they experience. As pain cannot be seen, therefore, can be hard to explain to someone exactly what it feels like and, therefore, can be hard for others to understand just how much it can affect everyday life. 


There are many types of pain sensation, which can range from annoying to debilitating. It may feel like a sharp stab or dull ache. It may also be described as throbbing, pinching, stinging, burning, or sore.

UNDERSTANDING & TREATING PAIN

It may not be possible to cure pain, but there are ways to help treat it. Pain may be relieved by treatments, such as physical therapy and acupuncture, pain relief medicines or, in some cases, surgery may help.

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MANAGING PAIN

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Page last reviewed by Boots Pharmacy team on 15/12/2022

Being in pain, acute or chronic, dull or sharp, can affect your day-to-day life, so knowing how to manage it and when to seek medical advice is important. For some types of pain, Boots can help with your pain management with our range of products and services. Explore our advice on pain management and learn some tips and recommendations on how to manage certain types of pain from our pain management specialists.