Types of pain

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Pain in the musculo-skeletal system

Your joints hurt. What do you do? You go easy on yourself! A common reaction.

But you should rethink this! In many cases, a lack of exercise will only reinforce the suffering. In the case of chronic musculo-skeletal pain, the main problem is the pain cycle: to avoid pain, movement is restricted but the lack of movement strengthens the cause of the pain!

Lack of exercise leads to poor posture and tension. You do not sleep well, you feel weak and tired, and consequently, you have no desire to move. The pain will then slowly but surely intensify.

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Cancer pain

Almost every tumour causes pain. This can be rather intense, especially in the advanced stages. People with cancer should not have to silently endure this pain or accept it for fear of being a burden on others. Many highly effective pain relievers are well tolerated and can make everyday life substantially easier. Patients suffering from tumours need all of their strength to cope with their disease – enduring pain is certainly not conducive to this.

Trust yourself and consult your physician. A customised pain management approach is important for the comprehensive care of cancer patients. It is important to inform your physician about the intensity. To gain an overview of the frequency and intensity of pain, it is advisable to keep a pain diary. In the patient service section, you will find information about pain as well as templates for pain diaries.

Nerve pains

To treat nerve pain or neuropathic pain, it is important to know the cause. For example, a nerve can cause pain through inflammation or mechanical stress:
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The nerve itself can be harmed e.g. following an injury. Even minor ailments or changes such as heat or drought can cause severe pain.

Metabolic diseases such as diabetes mellitus can lead to nerve pain or polyneuropathy. Patients complain of persistent pain but also of the increased tenderness of certain body parts.
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Nerves may also be damaged after an infectious disease such as shingles (Herpes zoster). Even touching the affected area can cause severe nerve pain.

As a result of some injuries or illnesses, amputation must be performed. Nerves may be severed in the process. In certain cases, this can lead to the sensation of pain in a body part that is no longer attached. In such cases, one speaks of “phantom limb pain”.

Finally, damage to the brain or spinal cord can also lead to nerve pain. Patients with paraplegia complain of annoying discomfort below the site of injury.

Nerve pain is often severe and chronic (i.e. recurring). For this reason, the correct diagnosis and targeted treatment of neuropathic pain is crucial. Tell your physician where you have the painful sensations and how it feels. This is important for selecting the most suitable treatment for your pain.

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