Questions tagged [pain]

Tag for questions pertaining the sensation of unpleasant sensory and emotional experiences associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

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Skin extra sensitive to heat after burn

I just got my finger burnt (first degree burn $\Rightarrow$ I didn't even bother to bear the wound). It didn't hurt much, even when I pressed the wound. However, when exposed to heat (hot water, but ...
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Viagra for pain management

Not all men who take Viagra experience any sexual side effects about 40% have no change of sexual abilities on the pill. However like many women the drug in such cases cause a strong pain reduction ...
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Does pain scale with mammal mass?

Some biological features scale with the animal mass (see previous Q&A). Assuming the same concentration of nociceptors on the skin surface, I'm wondering how painful a 1 cm wound will be ...
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What controls the feeling of discomfort/comfort before and after sleep?

I'm interested in which biological systems or hormones are involved in the following phenomenon: Before sleep it may be difficult to find a comfortable position, and muscular aches and pains are more ...
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Advantages of pain sensation?

The hazards of congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) are well-known. This question is about the obverse: what selective advantage, if any, does the normal sensation of pain confer? I'm thinking of ...
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How do painkillers prevent shock?

I was reading about the Placebo effect and came across this little story: The roots of the placebo problem can be traced to a lie told by an Army nurse during World War II as Allied forces ...
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How does lactic acidosis lead to pain?

I come from Physics, not biology. My understanding is that without sufficient oxygen present, the Krebs cycle terminates in lactic acid formation for the body to later continue the reaction when ...
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How does anxiety cause chest pain?

An acute instance of anxiety can cause a sudden sharp chest pain for a very brief period of time. What is the mechanism behind anxiety leading to chest pain? Is the pain coming from the heart itself,...
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Why does it take 24 hours for tendons to give feedback on whether the loads they received were excessive?

I heard in this interview of Jill Cook (tendon researcher) on https://youtu.be/GKkSp-TlofI?t=230: Tendons talk to you 24 hours later. So what happens if if I put load on a tendon today, it will ...
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Sea Urchin Pain

Are sea urchins theoretically able to feel pain? They have output and input organs which would make them "vulnerable" to feel pain but on the other hand, they don't have brains. I was wondering if ...
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Pain and Angina Pectoris

What causes pain in an angina pectoris? Ok, heart muscles may lack oxygen, but what is the role of pain here? Is it being beneficial? I'd like to know the physiological process of induction of pain ...
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Why are interneurons needed in the spinal cord for polysynaptic reflexes and somatosensory tracts to the brain?

The single explanation I found for the polysynaptic reflex is that the interneuron diverges into more pathways, such as the efferent motor neuron, the inhibitory neuron to the opposite extensor muscle,...
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Why is a wound much more painful when damp?

Why is a wound much more painful when damp? This is a very strange phenomenon. For example: I have a little wound, not painful at all. But, when it is just damp, it is much painful.
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Factors for sensitivity to electric shock

I'm frequently getting electric shocks in my office when touching things. I basically know why this happens and how to avoid it. Still I started to wonder what would be the best way to touch ...
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Does a severed limb/finger experience pain after its separated?

If a person ends up with a severed finger will that finger, after falling off, experience any pain and start writhing? Can a limb kind of have a mind of its own for a few more seconds after separating ...
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Why are isometric contractions more analgesic than isotonic contractions for tendon pain?

According to a randomized clinical trial {1}, isometric contractions are more analgesic than isotonic contractions for tendon pain. The explanation they give is as follows: The antinociceptive ...