What is pain?

Most of us suffer various forms of pain from time to time, and relieving it is vital so that we can carry on life with a minimum of discomfort and inconvenience. But there are certain basic facts about pain that we should always bear in mind.



Pain carries a message

Pain itself is not usually the real problem. The real problem is what is causing it. Pain is often a signal from the body through the nerve system, telling us something is wrong. Even the humble headache is sending us a message, perhaps that we had too much to drink last night, or that we are dehydrated or over-stressed, or getting flu.

Not fully understood

Scientists admit they don't understand everything about how pain works. Some pain has no obvious cause. And because our nerve system is quite complicated, we sometimes feel pain in a different part of the body from where the problem is. For example, people with spine problems often feel the pain elsewhere in the body. And some people have much higher tolerance for pain than others.

The search for cures

The human race has been seeking cures for pain since primitive times. Natural and herbal medicines were an early result of this historic search, based on trial and error. Some appear to work, but often with risky side-effects. In more recent times painkillers have become a huge focus of the pharmaceutical industry, and some modern remedies are extremely effective, although here again, there can be side-effects and risks of overdose. A third approach is the use of homeopathic remedies such as Palovin. These work on the well-researched principle that the body can be assisted to activate its own powers of self-remediation. Since the amount of active ingredient required is very tiny, there is no risk of side-effects.

Many types of pain

There are obviously many different types of pain, but they fall into several broad categories. And since pain itself is often not the real problem, simply killing it may not be the real solution. Understanding some basic points about pain can help us to manage and avoid it, particularly in the case of temporary pain, which can result from a multitude of everyday causes.

Injury pain

When we have been injured, the body reacts with pain for two main reasons. Firstly to make us aware of the injury, which we might otherwise be unaware of, or want to ignore. And secondly it's a warning to us to avoid such injuries in future. The pain is unpleasant, so we learn to be more careful. Much the same applies if we get a stomach ache after eating something poisonous or contaminated. We will seek an appropriate remedy - and we will also be more careful about such food in future.

Chronic disease pain

A very different type of pain is caused by some diseases. Usually such pain will develop gradually rather than in a matter of minutes, and will become chronic - that is to say, continuous or frequently recurring over a long period. If you need pain relief often or for long periods, medical advice is essential in order to find out whether the pain signifies a deeper problem. Sometimes this deeper problem can be easily treated. Simply relieving the pain may just hide the true cause until it is too late to treat it.

Temporary pain

Fortunately, most of our aches and pains are temporary and we know from experience that they don't indicate a major problem. The commonest for most of us is the headache, although even this comes in a variety of forms and can have many, many causes. Another common type of temporary pain is due to over-exertion of muscles and joints. Generally if left alone, such types of pain will eventually be dealt with by the body itself, which over millions of years has developed incredible powers of self-remediation. The obvious and natural thing to do is usually to lie down and rest and have a drink of water. Which generally works.

The need for relief

But in our busy world we can't take time-out while natural processes alone remedy the pain. We need fast relief so that we can carry on with our daily tasks. Palovin has been developed as a safe and simple relief for a range of common pains, which stimulates the body's inbuilt methods of self-remediation to work much faster than if simply left alone.

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