What type of pain might your symptoms be related to?
There are three main types of pain which create different symptoms:
- Nociceptive pain - pain from an injured structure, often in consistent pain areas, aggravated by the same movements and eased when movement stops or is not in a straining direction. Nociceptive pain often responds well to anti-inflammatory medication and resolves within the normal healing time-frame of 6-12 weeks.
- Neuropathic pain - pain from damage to a nerve structure, characterised by unremitting pain in consistently the same area, often with tingling, burning or even random electrical shock sensations (ectopic firing), sometimes muscle weakness and numbness, and usually not responsive to anti-inflammatory medication.
- Chronic central sensitisation pain (now referred to as nociplastic pain by pain scientists). This is pain which is not consistently in the same place, is not related to actual tissue damage (because the original damage heals within 3 months), is not always responsive to anti-inflammatory medication and is accompanied by many other strange or unexplained symptoms. Unexplained symptoms may be gut-related symptoms, limb 'heaviness', sensitivity to light / sound / taste / smell, pains in multiple body areas, poor sleep, poor attention and concentration, 'brain fog', among others.