On this page, I will explain what pain is, what it means and how it is triggered.
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Pain is a complex, uncomfortable and subjective experience, which is always made up of emotional and often sensory components.
It can occur because of potential tissue damage – hand over the hob – or actual tissue damage – burnt hand – or even be triggered by just such physical threats. This is often the case with chronic pain.
The actual or potential tissue damage, as mentioned above, triggers the sensory component of pain. Here we speak of nociception which, could be translated as “meaningfulness or significance of pain”.
Nociception is nothing other than the transmission of “danger signals” to the brain, usually triggered in the body due to some thermal, chemical or mechanical changes.