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Pain Management: Facts Students Living alone in College Must Know

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Pain Management: Facts Students Living alone in College Must Know
Pain Management: Facts Students Living alone in College Must Know
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Living constitutes physical pain, especially if you are a regular student or a full-time worker. If you still breathe, you are able to experience pain in a variety of circumstances. The most important part regarding pain management is to know the facts about it that can affect you and your body.

1. Your brain tells if you're in pain

Students living alone must be aware of pain. People used to believe that pain happened within the tissues of our body, we now realize that pain does not exist until the brain concludes it does. The brain uses a virtual channel to direct an output of pain to tissues that it suspects may be in danger. This process is a normal linking activity between the brain and the tissues of the body, to warn you against possible injury or disease.

2. The level of injury does not equate to the degree of pain.

A specific study has proven that we all experience pain in different ways. Some of us experience major injuries with little pinching pain while others experience minor injuries with a lot of pain like a sharp SPLINTER. Students must know how to take care of themselves, especially in college.

3. Acute and chronic pain - they are different entities

According to experts, knowing the difference between acute and chronic pain is important. Chronic pain is defined as the pain that persists beyond the time when an injury would have healed up, so arbitrarily more than three months.

While acute pain is brief and short-term, acting as a warning for the body to seek help. If pain persists for more than a few months, seek medical attention and treatment.

4. Depression, stress, and anxiety, can make your pain worse.

Pain can be triggered by many different factors, such as psychological conditions. If you are stressed out by your daily routine, chances are you can develop chronic pain and panic attacks.

5. Your social environment affects your perception of pain.

We all know that a peaceful environment can help boost the healing process of a person. Many patients say that the degree of pain they experience increases when they are at work, school, or in a stressful situation. Unsafe and chaotic environment triggers your brain to panic resulting to increase your pain.

6. The ability to identify left from right may happen when you experience pain.

This common alteration is normal. Linkages within the brain that helps you in determining left from right can be affected when you experience severe pain.

7. Medications don't treat the pain itself

Prescribed medications are ineffective in treating pain and may cause a variety of side effects. Many commonly prescribed medications such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, and anti-inflammatory drugs are actually ineffective in treating common pains such as back pain. We should stop turning to medications as our primary method to help us manage our pain.

The best treatment for the ongoing and consistent management of chronic pain is a healthy lifestyle and regular physical exercise. 

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