No kind of sensation is keener and more active than that of pain; its impressions are unmistakable - the Marquis de Sade, The 120 Days of Sodom


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Is Pain a Sensation or an Emotion?

The United States uses a third of the world’s opioids but a fifth of Americans still say they suffer from chronic pain. The only demonstrable effect of two decades of widespread prescription of opioids has been catastrophic harm. With more than 47,000 Americans dying of opioid overdoses in 2017 and hundreds of thousands more addicted to them, it was recently reported that, for the first time, Americans were more likely to die of opioids than of car accidents.

This has forced many to take a step back and ponder the very nature of pain, to understand how best to alleviate it.

The ancient Greeks considered pain a passion — an emotion rather than a sensation like touch or smell.…

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 Is Pain a Sensation or an Emotion?

We could learn a thing or two from the ancient Greeks’ understanding of suffering.

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The two main categories of commonly used pain relievers are acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include aspirin and drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors. Many are available over the counter; some are available by prescription only.

6 Types of Pain You Shouldn't Ignore

Severe pain is trying to tell you about a health problem going on inside your body – and paying heed to these warning signs may just save your life.


As a patient, it’s important to be able to remember and adequately describe your pain to your healthcare provider. Pain is a complex sensation that can constantly change with varying intensities, textures, locations, and patterns of spread. Keeping track of all of the complex changes that can occur from day-to-day is a daunting task! This is especially true for individuals who suffer from a severe type of chronic pain called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) — aka, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).

The Pain Community

The Pain Community’s (TPC) overarching goal is to improve the overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life of people with pain. Started in 2012 by people living with pain, caregivers, and pain management professionals... Our Vision: People with pain are informed experts who actively manage their pain conditions to achieve better health and wellness; they use their voices to speak out for better pain care for all.

Chronic Pain Lifestyle

Life begins anew when you suffer with chronic pain. As our lives change, we also change. Many of these changes are difficult and frustrating.

Control Your Pain

Use these resources to find a Pain Management Specialist, get information materials sent to you, talk to us, or chat with someone who is managing their pain with SCS and has been in your shoes.

The PAIN Exhibit is an educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience. The mission of the PAIN Exhibit is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art; and to give voice to the many who suffer in abject silence.

Bedside Pain Manager

Bedside Pain Manager is a quick-reference guide, 8 pages packed with the critical pain control guidelines and reference information that doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals use on a daily basis to treat their patients' pain and symptoms

For Grace

For Grace is a nonprofit organization passionately devoted to ensuring the ethical and equal treatment of all women in pain.


Healthskills is a blog for health providers who want to read about research related to self managing chronic pain.

Journal of Pain

The Journal of Pain publishes original articles related to all aspects of pain, including clinical and basic research, patient care, education, and health policy. Articles selected for publication in the Journal are most commonly reports of original clinical research or reports of original basic research.

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management provides the professional with the results of important new research and clinical information related to pain management and palliative care. This peer reviewed, internationally respected journal offers a much needed forum for the exchange of ideas and information.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years.

Nickie's Nook

A girl, a Guide Dog, chronic pain and a sense of humor

Pain Doctor

Pain Doctor was created with one mission in mind: help and educate people about their pain conditions, treatment options and find a doctor who can help end their pain issues. To do that, we’ve created a mammoth database of pain-related information, and it keeps expanding every day.

The Journal of Pain

The Journal of Pain publishes original articles related to all aspects of pain, including clinical and basic research, patient care, education, and health policy.

European Journal of Pain

The European Journal of Pain is an international multidisciplinary journal that aims to become a global forum on all major aspects of pain and its management. The journal differs from existing pain journals in its clinical and educational emphasis. Submissions from all over the world are welcome.

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