Amplified Pain

Uncategorized / Friday, August 8th, 2014
dialThere are many different types of pain. The most common types of pain experienced by people with chronic pain and fatigue syndromes is Allodynia and Hyperalgesia linked to nervous system sensitisation, and central sensitivity.  


means “other pain” and refers to: Pain caused by stimuli which are not normally painful. People with allodynia often find normal everyday stimuli like touch, light, temperature and noise painful. 


This is an amplified experience of pain, where a stimuli that may cause mild discomfort is experienced in a a very painful way. Sometimes this is connected to neuropathy (nerve injury), other times it is connected to very heightened stress. Our relationship with pain, and pain perceptions based on past experiences, can influence how intense pain is.   This is discussed somewhat in the funny TedX Video "Why Things Hurt?" by Lorimer Moseley.   Using stress management techniques like mindfulness that help calm our anxiety about the pain we are in, can turn down the volume on pain.  However, to overcome ongoing pain hypersensitivity, it is usually necessary to follow a comprehensive Wellness Plan.    Some references Models and Mechanisms of Hyperalgesia and Allodynia [2009] What is hyperalgesia? What is allodynia? [JuniorProf] Allodynia and Hyperalgesia in Neuropathic Pain [The Lancet 2014]

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