Pain can be defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. It is usually associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. Health professionals use different terms for different types of pain.
- Short-term pain is called Acute Pain. An example is a sprained ankle.
- Long-term is called Persistent or Chronic Pain. Back pain is an example.
- Pain that comes and goes is called Recurrent or Intermittent Pain. A tooth ache could be one example.
Pain starts off as an alarm indicating that something is wrong; but persistent pain often serves no useful purpose– it may be just annoying. Over time, it may affect our efficiency, our ability to work, our sleep patterns. It can have a strong negative effect on personal and social facet of one’s life.