Understanding Pain Center

Pain is a complicated subject, so we've put together this Understanding Pain Center. Here, you'll find explanations of how our bodies send and interpret pain messages, as well a breakdown of the various types of chronic pain.

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Featured Understanding Pain Articles

An estimated 100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease, an inhertied condition that shortens the life cycle—and deforms the shape—of normal red blood cells. Severe pain results as the body struggles to replace them.

During a crisis, people who have sickle cell disease experience severe pain as the body struggles to replace mutated red blood cells with healthy, new ones. Read this patient's account of life with unpredictable pain.

Take a long, hard look at what you’re putting into your mouth! What you eat could actually be causing your aches and pains.

More evidence that the unhealthy diet favored by people living in the west is linked to chronic pain and inflammation.

What Is It? Why Do We Have Pain?

Pain is divided into acute pain and chronic pain. Learn how pain signals are transported to the brain through the nervous system, and what happens when nerves are damaged.
There are different types of chronic pain, including neuropathic pain (pain caused by your nerves) and nociceptive pain (pain caused by something besides your nerves). Understand the different in types of chronic (or intractable) pain.

It's important to know the health risks associated with over-the-counter medication. Here's what you should know to protect yourself and still get the pain relief you need.

New survey reveals 1 in 5 Americans don't consider safety factors when choosing OTC pain medication, putting themselves at risk of harmful effects. Here's what you need to know.