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What Type is Your Pain?

November 9, 2010 by  

What Type is Your Pain?

Pain is no joking matter… but neither is it something to describe vaguely.

If I had to name the first reason that some people experience faster pain relief than others, I would say it’s because of “specifics.” By this I mean how specifically one is able to describe their pain or condition to a practitioner — or to themselves.

Challenges for healthcare practitioners and take-charge pain relief seekers arise when non-specific words are used to describe symptoms of their condition. Specifics are always what are needed to lead one in the right direction for relief or cure. This is derived in part from an extensive physical examination and patient consultation.

Part of this health history and health assessment is based on types of sensations felt in the body, either as constant pain, throbbing or distension, etc. And each of these holds different meaning in our understanding of the problem and formation of a diagnosis.

Thus, general adjectives like “painful” and “hurting” just don’t give enough insight into what you may actually be suffering. And the type of pain points the way to the type of treatment best used to alleviate it.

For faster results, you must come to know your pain by “examining” it. Take some time to “feel” it or “listen” to it or “fully experience” it without a distracted mind. Of course, there are many types and causes of pain and stiffness. To give you a hand, let me describe seven of the most common. I sincerely hope this list will better help you understand your own pain… and thus be better equipped to find a reliable therapy.

Inflammation: This generally occurs around the joints and involves stasis (a slowing or stoppage) of fluids (water retention) or reaction to stimuli (sprain or strain). Inflammation can be caused by heat syndromes, blood count changes and fluid deficiencies.

Swelling:  This generally occurs around the ankles or wrists, but can also occur on the face or any part of the body. Its symptom is stasis, or collection of fluids leading to puffiness. The area may be either hot and reddish or cold and whitish… depending on whether the swelling is due to heat or cold. 

Numbness and Tingling: This is caused by a lack of circulation in the body. It will occur when blood flow is deficient either from an external obstruction, or from some anemic or biological blood deficiency. External causes can be from compressed nerves in the spine, from holding a limb in a fixed position too long or from sleeping on or resting against a limb for an extended period of time.

Heaviness and Stiffness: These are characterized by a dull and nagging sensation in the body. It’s an achy feeling that is made worse by cold and damp weather and when circulation in slow… such as in the morning hours. It mostly affects the joints, neck and back, and is often temporarily relieved by hot showers or baths, where blood is able to circulate better.

Distending and Throbbing Pain: These types of pain are like something is pushing from the inside out. It’s a pressing and exploding pain that tends to beat in tandem with the pulse. It is mostly caused by qi or energy stagnation, wherein energy is moving but going nowhere — except up and down in one location. Thus, you get a fixed pain that throbs and causes distension of an area.

Stabbing Pain: This type of pain is caused either by blood stasis or both qi (energy) and blood stasis (sluggishness). Since blood promotes energy and energy is the motive force behind blood, stabbing pain generally includes problems with both. Think about a muscle spasm in the neck or shoulders that feel worse with pressure.

Dull, Lingering Pain: This type of pain is not so severe, yet it doesn’t seem to go away. Migraine sufferers and sciatica sufferers generally describe a dull pain that lingers after their acute symptoms have subsided. Dull pains tend to become worse with exhaustion and when hunger is present, as the body is weakening and the pain tolerance system is low. Dull pain is caused by a general deficiency of energy and/or blood, such as follows a lingering illness or injury.

I hope these descriptions of pain types and their general causes will be useful the next time you try to understand your own trouble and need to find a product or program to help it, or when attempting to describe your condition as specifically as possible to your health care provider.

So now it’s up to you. For your own sake, no more vague generalities. Leave those to the poets and the artists!

— Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley

is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. The Wiley Method provides a revolutionary way of providing recovery and prevention of chronic pain, illness and disease. Grab your FREE COPY of Dr. Mark Wiley's "The 3 Secrets to Optimal Health" HERE.

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  • http://donthaveone Beberoni

    It pains me most of all, when I watch people elect un-American people to government positions, then bitch about it when their taxes get raised. It pains us all when uneducated folks vote.

  • Jean

    Do not use the assumption that the uneducated voted for them
    They were mostly pot heads with money – movie stars with money
    and other greedy degenerates who what the freedom to lawfully practice
    their sewer agenda. They want to sink the foundations of Judea
    Christianity so there will be no guilt in what they make lawful.
    Look at the judges and some of the other defunct politicians.
    Very few uneducated have that much money to throw around. And
    you are right – these are unamerican – they have no country -
    no honor – no soul.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      Thank you for being a voice of reason. And neither one of us had to mention any political party, because they all know who they are, and we all know who they are.

  • LiarsMustBeDefeated

    Some of these don’t rise to a level I would call pain. But, as far as feelings and discomforts, I can see they would all apply. I was expecting a more conventional list, like dull pain, throbbing pain, painful pressure, tingling pain, etc. Numbness is a absence of feeling, I would not describe it as pain. I would agree with the idea of taking time to think about the type of pain. Also its location.

  • coal miner


    1. An unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury, disease, or emotional disorder.
    2. Suffering or distress.
    3. pains The pangs of childbirth.
    4. pains Great care or effort: take pains with one’s work.
    5. Informal A source of annoyance; a nuisance.
    v. pained, pain·ing, pains
    To cause pain to; hurt or injure.
    To be the cause of pain.
    on/under pain of
    Subject to the penalty of (a specified punishment, such as death).


  • http://donthaveone Beberoni

    As I get older, I feel an abnormal about of pain in my knees and ankles, as I tore all of them up, some more than once when I was a youngster playing all the major sports. I was told when I got older, I would suffer pretty heavily from arthritus, and if this is what this is, it really sucks. Im pretty much ok in the spring, summer and fall, but once winter gets here, and we start getting below freezing, and its even worse when it gets into the single digits, and it gets where it is hard to keep loosened up. It use to loosen up as I walked across the frozen lakes when ice fishing, but anymore, those old knees and ankles stay pretty stiff and sore in the winter. And Im only 52. I cant hardly wait to see what they feel like at 70. O boy, somebody call me in a prescription.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Ruthfharper

    Ruth says:

    The students in the Washington D. C. School District will lose what they gained in four years. It pains me deeply to see that the students will suffer the loss of a Great Superintendent.What were the voters “drinking” with their political social agenda?

    It is obvious that the billions of dollars into eduation hasn’t made a difference for the past 50 years.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      You are correct. For years now the liberals have taken over and run the school systems. Its a fact, anyone can look it up. And their solution to it’s problems, year in and year out, just like everything else on their agenda, is to up taxes and dump more money into it, and they expect that to solve its problems, and that is what they have done, keep dumping money into it, and it doesnt work. When we start holding schools accountable, teachers accountable, the parents accountable for their childrens behavior in school, and the administrators accountable for balancing their budget and adhering to it, then we might get somewhere. But being government run, it is a failure, as they keep thinking spend, spend, spend will solve all, and all it does is get us deeper into a hole. When our government finally decides to return us to the day, when people are held accountable for their own actions, and not given a loop hole to escape in because of their race, creed, color, socio-economic background, or anything else, then we just might start advancing in the right way. When they decide discipline can return to the schools, and maybe let the Grace of God’s prescence return into our schools, then they may have a chance. Without it, they will continue their downward spiral, and the facts of time since we took discipline and God out of the schools, will show this is where the decline started. But that is only for those interested in the cold hard facts of the truth.


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