Unusually Interesting Facts about Pain

Unusually Interesting Facts about Pain
Unusually Interesting Facts about Pain

1. Ancient Roman surgeons were trained to block out the screams of human pain.

2. All pain is processed in the brain.

3. However, cutting into the brain doesn’t cause pain.

4. Pain tolerance is different for everyone

5. You may feel pain differently because of chemical changes in your brain, the levels of inflammation in your body, and your emotional response to pain.

6. Someone who has anxiety will have a lower tolerance to pain than someone who is usually calm and collected. 

7. Another factor that may influence your tolerance to pain is your gender, as women seem to have a lower tolerance to pain. However, it’s unknown why this happens. It could be either the way pain is processed or the way it’s perceived.

Redheads feel more pain

8. Redheads also have a lower tolerance for pain and require a higher dose of anesthesia during surgery and have a harder time metabolizing painkillers.

9. Some people like Olivia Farnsworth can’t feel pain at all. There have only been 20 reported cases of this condition.

10. Your diet can impact how much pain you feel.

11. Alcohol, dairy and wheat can increase inflammation and lower pain tolerance.

12. Chronic pain over prolonged periods of time may shrink the brain.

13. Specialists found that the brain of a person with chronic back pain is 11% smaller than the average brain.

14. Nearly 20 percent (50.2 million) of Americans suffer from chronic pain.

15. There are three different types of pain: Acute pain, sub-acute pain and chronic pain.

16. Acute pain can come on suddenly and is typically the result of an incident—broken bone, surgery, childbirth, etc.

17. Sub-acute pain is pain that persists beyond a normal period of healing and can often lead to chronic pain if it is not addressed appropriately.

18. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain that is ongoing and lasts for longer than 3 months.

19. Chronic pain affects physical and emotional elements of the body in the following ways.

  • Limited mobility
  • Lack of energy
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Appetite changes
Unusually Interesting Facts about Pain

20. Back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain, and foot pain are some of the most common pain conditions experienced.

21. Adults living in rural areas are more likely to experience chronic pain.

22. About $80 billion a year are lost in wages due to chronic pain.

23. Women are more likely than men to suffer from chronic pain.

24. The female body has a more intense natural response to painful stimuli.

25. Women have greater nerve density than men that may cause them to feel pain more intensely.

26. Female hormones fluctuate naturally and may amplify the body’s perception of pain (e.g., when estrogen levels are low, pain receptor activity is elevated, and the body feels more pain)

27. Poor sleep can lead to increases in pain.

28. 40% of early retirement is due to chronic pain

Anxiety increases pain

29. 68% of people working age deal with chronic pain

30. Up to 85% of patients with chronic pain are affected by severe depression.

Bonus Fact: 191 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed to patients in the US in 2017.

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Unusually Interesting Facts about Pain