Generally speaking, Pain is the latest news from the brain. When it comes to muscle, visceral, or nerve pain, Good news feels good, and bad news, well no one likes bad news, but maybe we could appreciate more its role in making us more healthy and happy!
Checkout this research abstract regarding the role of pain:
" Trends in Neurosciences
June 2003, Vol.26(6):303–307, doi:10.1016/S0166-2236(03)00123-1
A new view of pain as a homeostatic emotion
A.D. (Bud) Craig
Pain is conventionally viewed as a pattern of convergent activity within the somatosensory system that represents the exteroceptive sense of touch. Accumulating functional, anatomical and imaging findings indicate that pain is generated by specific sensory channels that ascend in a central homeostatic afferent pathway. Phylogenetically new thalamocortical projections in primates provide a sensory image of the physiological condition of the body and, in addition, direct activation of limbic motor cortex. These findings indicate that the human feeling of pain is both a distinct sensation and a motivation – that is, a specific emotion that reflects homeostatic behavioral drive, similar to temperature, itch, hunger and thirst. "
Copyright © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
So if we think of pain as an emotion purposed with the task of motivating us to action, then we should be willing to ask ourselves some questions like:
If you are in physical pain, and you've been experiencing similar pain for so long you tend to just ignore it, then please let us help you open a dialogue with your body and investigate options for closure.
The longer you wait with chronic pain, the more risk you incure on an otherwise healthy and long life; all things considered.