Many don’t realize that September is Pain Awareness Month, a month dedicated to bringing awareness to various forms of chronic pain. The first step of awareness is education, especially when chronic pain isn’t always understood by those who don’t deal with it everyday. In fact, some believe chronic pain is psychological or something you can “just get over.” It’s this type of reasoning why we dedicate entire months to causes like these. With that in mind, here’s a categorical rundown of chronic and the diseases they fall under.
This is our body’s primary mechanism for detecting pain using specialized nerve receptors called nociceptors. These receptors are integral for sending pain stimuli to the spine and brain for interpretation and response. Typically once damage is repaired, nociceptors should stop sending signals to the spine and brain; however, sometimes they don’t, which can lead to chronic pain.