How do you respond to pain?

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
May 21, 2010 7:21pm CST
When we feel pain, our first thought is often of medication to get rid of it. This is understandable, yet sometimes in our hurry to eradicate the pain, we forget that it is the body letting us know that something is wrong. A headache can inform us that we're stressed or a sore throat might be telling us that we need to rest our voice. When we ignore such messages instead of responding to them, we risk making the condition even worse. How do you respond to pain?
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
22 May 10
Funny you should ask because I'm in pain right now. About half an hour ago my two year old granddaughter took a can of soda out of my frig and dropped it right on my big toe! It hit the joint where my toe connects to my foot. I haven't taken anything because I need to know if it's just sore or if it's something more serious requiring a trip to the ER. I'm hoping that it's just sore.
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@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
22 May 10
spalladino bet you a nickel it broke your toe, I did that one time with a can of paint and oh yes it broke my toe, the same darned one that is now throbbing like crazy and making me sweat.I have not a clue this time as to what is wrong with it either. It will stop for awhile then start throbbing again. the silly thing is that the toe next to it has a blood blister under it and that one is not hurting. lol.,
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
22 May 10
Hi spalladino, I hope it's just sore too but the toe may be broken. I can see that you understand though that you don't just cover up pain by taking painkillers and not look for the cause of the pain. Hope you're feeling better soon. Blessings.
@1hopefulman (30238)
• Canada
22 May 10
First I yell and scream, ouch, ouch! Then I wait for it to subdue. I also try to figure out what the cause of the pain might be and if there is anything I can do to alleviate it. Example: Let's say I burned myself. Then I would put the body part under cold water. This always brings me some relief, depending on the severity of the burn.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi 1hopefulman, Thanks for your comments. Blessings.
@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
22 May 10
I'm not one to run to medicine as soon as I get an ache or pain. If it's something that I really just can't handle or it has me in tears then I will. Also if the pain is persistant and isn't going away I may use medication to help me. I usually try to take other routes first. Actually tonight, for example, my back has been hurting. I asked my husband to rub it for me and used a heating pad on it too before resorting to medication.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi jennlk, Thanks for sharing this and we agree, the less medication we take the better. Some people turn to pills for every little pain and it becomes a crutch or they become addicted to them. The important thing is to know the cause as our body is letting us know that something is wrong. Blessings.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
22 May 10
I usually can handle a simple headache. So I just let it until it is gone. But if it became too annoying that it affects what I'm doing then I take pain relievers. But if I can I usually take a nap. This is one of the safest and most natural way of getting rid of pain.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
22 May 10
Hi juggerogue, Thank you for sharing this. Blessings.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
22 May 10
Well, I hate pain ,so I usually take pain pills if I have any type of pain. Thank God that I hardly ever have any pain ,but when I do is important for me to eliminate the suffering. I think everything depends on your life style.
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• Mexico
22 May 10
Hi Mirita: I'm a weak person but I don't like to take medications unless it's really necessary. I'm weak, I have to say but I think that normally, people can deal with a little bit of pain. Thanks for your answer. You say that you hardly ever have a pain. Lucky you
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi Mirita, You are very fortunate that you have little pain, I am the same and very thankful for it. My main thought here is that we must never cover up pain without knowing the cause. Most people hate pain but some are always taking painkillers which is definitely not good for the system. Thank you for commenting. Blessings.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
23 May 10
yes, some people can become addicted to pain medication ,and this can become a real problem. Also if the pain persist is important to go to your doctor as soon as possible there is always a reason for pain. Yes, I'm very lucky.
@bigal3 (1231)
• Thailand
22 May 10
That's a good question. Since I have "RHUEMATOID ARTHRITIS" in all of my joints I have had to learn how to deal with pain more than I would have liked. For a long time I used asprin and meditation. For awhile it worked but as the condition progressed and really became unbearable I had to seek out medical help. Since I live in Thailand that could have become a real problem. I was lucky enough to have a neighbor who recommended a doctor who as it turns out is on the International Arthritis Board of Directors. Now I am almost back to normal. Still have some pain and swelling but nothing like before. The point you make is a good one. Self-medicating is not the way to go. Most of the time a person only complicates the situation. I know there are folks out there in "myLot" land who will say with the cost of medical today how can you not self-medicate. I am on a fixed income and just like rent I pay for my medication as my first priority. The question I ask you is; "How Much Is Your Life Worth To YOU"?
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
23 May 10
i tend to be in pain pretty much all the time because i have fibromyalgia. i dont always use meds but i try to use natural things like hot packs etc.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi cher, Sorry to hear that you have so much pain but I believe that you are right in staying away from meds and using natural things instead. Most people take far too many pills and there are usually some side effects. Thank you for sharing this. Blessings.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
22 May 10
Today I am responding to pain by putting ice on my back as I fell down the stairs yesterday and pulled a bunch of muscles...I usually try to get over something before I go spend money on a doctor....but that recently just about put me under. I had headaches etc....finally went in and found out I have high blood pressure....stroke level. I will not ignore pain anymore..it could have cost me my life.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi jillhill, You have proved that we must never ignore pain if it persists for a long time. It's ok if we know the cause and it goes away quickly. I would say that it's very fortunate that you went to the doctor when you did. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
@Renhard (3480)
• Jamaica
22 May 10
Well i do not like to take pills for anything. I just hate pills. If i have a pain i would just try to sit down, or take a little rest and are that pain. Although others keep on telling me to take pills but i wont.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi Renhard, Thank you for commenting and I agree with you. If you can handle pain without medication, don't take it. If the pain persists however and you don't know the cause, see a health professional. Blessings.
@kukueye (1761)
• Malaysia
22 May 10
Treating pain is a treatment also.People who are in pain , heals badly. Beside that pain also destroy people lifestyle. Pain management is important.So far for me , i hate pain.If i got headache i will take Paracetol, if insect bite pain i will wash and use antiseptic, stomach pain i pray it to go away and ate some herbal medicine to reduce the pain and stop the diarrhoea , sometime i take western medicine like Lomotil to stop the diarrhoea. After years of having pain once a while here and there, we tend to know the reason for those pain , headache properly lack of water or heat exhaustion or stress , diarrhoe properly ingested something dirty , insects bite are dirty place or untended ares like bushes and such. So far i thankful , nothing serious like .
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi kukueye, Thank you for sharing and you're fortunate to have no serious illness. There is a cause for pain of any kind but we don't need to run to a doctor for every minor ache and pain. If the pain persists however we should have checked by a professional. Herbal medicines are very good. I hope your good health continues. Blessings.
• Mexico
22 May 10
Hi Pose: I agree with you statement so when I have paint I usually wait before taking an aspirine. In fact, just as you tell us, pain is a warning sign and it always means that something is wrong with our bodies so it's better that we don't do the simple thing. Thanks for asking us this questioon and giving your own opinion about this issue. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi starsailover, I thank you as well for coming here and contributing to the discussion, we all have something to offer. You're right that we shouldn't just cover up pain unless we know it's cause and the less painkillers we take the better. Read all the responses here, it helps to get other opinions. Blessings.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
22 May 10
First I try to identify the reason for the pain, then I will try Yoga, often this will take care of the situation. Or if I am coming ddown with an illness I reach for Vit. C, B complex, and other things that help teh imune system.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi savypat, I think that you have the right idea and I expect yoga helps as I've heard it works well. I didn't try to learn it when I was younger and would probably find it difficult to learn now. I do some simply exercises and I meditate, which always helps. We all have our own way of handling minor pain but I strongly oppose taking painkillers for every little ache we get. It is of course very necessary to see a health professional if pain persists. Thank you for commenting. Blessings.
@KCruzado (78)
• Philippines
22 May 10
I do agree that the physical pain we feel is a signal that something is not right about our physical system. However, in my case, I always take pain relievers because I have pain intolerance. I don't know why but my threshold for pain is too low. To keep me from suffering from my usual headache and back pain, I always carry along with me my pain tablets.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi KCrucado, You are not alone in having a low pain tolerance but taking too many painkillers is not a good idea and knowing why you have the pain is very necessary. We should never treat the symptoms instead of the cause. For minor pain, try resting if you're at home or even natural herbal remedies. Find something that works for you. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
• Indonesia
22 May 10
i will take a rest and trying not to recognize the pain
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi spyware, I like that idea very much especially for minor pain but if it persists the cause must be found and treated. Thank you for coming here and sharing your thoughts. Blessings.
@caliya (1175)
• Philippines
22 May 10
I have very low tolerance to pain. Whenever I am in pain I always find a way to alleviate the pain as quickly as possible. But I guess you have a point, the last that I was sick I was really stressed at work so I think that was really the culprit.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi caliya, You are not alone, many people have a low tolerance to pain. It is always important to know the cause of the pain, not to just cover it up with painkillers. Try resting or just thinking about something else for minor pain rather than always taking medication. See a health professional if the pain continues to return. We can all find of own way of handling minor pain, find what works for you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Blessings.
• India
22 May 10
when i am in pain, i just think about anything else except the pain. If we dont consider the pain as a pain then it dont remain as a pain.Just go with the routine and forget about it. Thats what i do.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi radhanair, Thanks for sharing this and your point is a good one. Some people handle pain much better than others and I feel sure it's because they refuse to have it utmost in there thoughts. Of course pain can get so overwhelming that it's impossible to ignore. Even Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science and probably one of the most remarkable women who have ever lived, would sometimes call for a doctor to give her an injection for pain until she could give herself a Christian Science treatment. Blessings.
• United States
22 May 10
I tend to try my best to ignore it. For example, my pinky is jammed pretty badly right now but I continue to play basketball even though i really need to let it heal.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi LegendIAm, Learning to handle pain is an excellent idea as the human spirit is much stronger than some people believe. Of course we have to give injuries time to heal. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
22 May 10
Pain medicine is hard to come by around here, they want to give you IBprofin, and it is useless after awhile and really not good for your stomach, especially if you are taking asprian too. I guess take what I can to help with the pain and then make doctor appointment as soon as I can get in, because you are right our body is telling us there is a problem and left untreated could become a lot worse.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi bdugas, Thank you for sharing and yes it's important to know what's causing the pain. See a doctor as soon as possible and made sure that it's treated early. Sometimes we have to learn to live with a certain amount of pain, which I agree is not easy for many of us. Take painkillers only when we have to, otherwise we come to depend on it. Blessings.
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
22 May 10
You have a good point there. I hate to take medicine and I will never eat it if I can hold it. If I feel headache ( which is rare happen) I just go to sleep and I will feel better in the morning. I always think nutritious food and good rest is the best medicine.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi nangisha, You too make a good point,nutritious food and rest can help prevent some illnesses. I would add that we should exercise both our mind and body and not worry about the future but live in the present. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Blessings.
• Philippines
22 May 10
I do drink pain reliever when my body is aching, or I drink more water. I rest my eye when I have headaches, i know the cause and it is because I was looking on a computer monitor for so many hours. when my body and muscles ache I just rest. That is what I am doing every sunday. I rest so that my body will re-energize for another struggling six days. The pain we feel is like our body talking to us like dude you need to rest I am in pain. How can we do a 100% performance when we feel pain, we need to listen to what our body is saying to us or else eventhough we work hard to earned money to be rich, in return we will find ourselves admitted in the hospital from some severe illness. Prevention is better than cure.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 10
Hi grecychunny, I agree that prevention is the best medicine of all. If we are plain tired, it's always best to rest. Of course we must always know why we have the pain and not cover it up with painkillers as some do. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.