You’ve probably noticed that the pain you experience with a headache doesn’t feel the same as the pain you feel when you twist an ankle. That’s because not all pain is alike. There are several different types of physical pain, and they each mean something different. Struggling with chronic pain can be stressful, but there are ways to manage it.
Learn more about the biological mechanics of pain here.
1) Throbbing Pain
A throbbing pain is commonly associated with conditions such as headaches and toothaches. It’s achy, and people often describe it as pounding, beating, or pulsing. The throbbing pain may come and go, and there is often a warm feeling associated with the pain as blood rushes to the area.
It’s associated with inflammation and can often be treated with over-the-counter medications and natural remedies such as ginger.
2) Sharp Pain
Sharp pain can feel like a shock, as it runs along the path of nerves in your body. It can be the result of a sudden injury, muscle pull, or trauma to the body. On the other hand, individuals often suffer these shocks of sharp pain seemingly for no reason. They come and go in a matter of seconds with no explanation.
Sharp pains that are not associated with an injury are reported to be the result of a momentarily compressed nerve. These sharp pains are generally no reason to worry. Still, if they often recur without explanation, it warrants a trip to the doctor.
3) Shooting Pain
Shooting pain is a pain that moves throughout the body. It is sometimes described as radiating pain or pain that moves. Shooting pain is usually caused by an injury or a mechanical problem in the body, such as a slipped disc or muscle tear. People often experience shooting pains during movement when there is an injury to a specific area of their body.
If you get just one shooting pain and it quickly dissipates, there’s no need to worry. However, if you experience shooting pain that frequently recurs, or is followed by another type of lasting pain, seek medical attention.
4) Burning Pain
Burning pain can result from several conditions. You may experience burning pain from acid reflux, from nerve damage, or an actual burn. It’s common for individuals with diabetes, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis, allergic reactions, and more to experience this sort of pain on a chronic basis.
If you have recurring or long-lasting burning pain seek medical care.
5) Tender Pain
Tender pain is the sort of pain that occurs when an injured area is touched. When you press on a bruise, for example. Other examples of tender pain may indicate a more severe condition. If you experience tender pain when pressing on your stomach, for example, it may signify a problem with an internal organ or internal bleeding.
When to See a Doctor
There are many different types of pain, and each kind can be associated with either minor injuries or serious medical conditions. It’s important to stay in-tune with your body. Monitor when and how often pain occurs, and if the pain is persistent, seek medical care. A doctor may recommend a treatment plan, such as cryotherapy, to relieve pain.
If you experience chest pains or pain accompanied by trouble breathing, seek care immediately.