Essay about How Pain And Chronic Pain Affects Our Brain

1691 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Pain is something that we as a human race responds to instantaneously. Pain and psychological factors occur whether we realize it or not. While we don’t think about of how short term pain and chronic pain affects our brain, which causes us to act differently psychologically, it does. Depending on one’s pain it can cause various diseases, disability, other serious medical conditions, changes in one’s social life, and the source of one’s income in the aftermath which all causes various amounts of stress to our brain and can cause long-term or even permanent problems.
Pain is an uncomfortable feeling due to nerve activity, and the primarily reason we feel that is because of the noxious stimulus. The definition of noxious stimulus is, “a negative stimulant which can act as a negative supporter of behavior, in serious cases because it inflicts pain or injury to the encountering living being and in less severe cases because it is unpleasant.” (Pam MS, NCSP). The neurons send pain signals through the nociceptor nerve to the spinal cord and brain which causes pain. Automatically, we respond to pain. However, paying too much attention to the uncomfortable feeling will only intensify it. Psychological reasons we not only respond to pain immediately, but also why we can focus too much on the pain we feel. For one, it’s a way for our body to determine if the pain you feel is a potential threat to you. The greater the threat the more one focus on the pain. Pain does just affect one…

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