No matter how big or small the creature, whether insect, reptile, or mammal, there’s a nervous system that communicates physical damage or an internal problem. Of course, there are human interest groups that try to tell you otherwise. Like fishermen who boldly reassure your fish do not feel pain when on the hook being lifted out of the water, nor being bashed over the head to put them out of their misery. Indeed, the very notion of misery in relation to fish is misplaced. Only humans feel miserable. Creatures who cannot think, cannot feel emotions like misery. Or so the story goes. Yet whenever you have a peripheral nervous system linking all parts of the body to a brain, messages are passed back and forth. Stimulus produces a predictable reaction.
So what is pain? The obvious answer is an unpleasant sensation. We want it to stop so we take immediate action. If we have picked up something too hot, we carefully replace it (or drop it fast). If we feel ill, we ask for help. Think of it as being a warning system that does not want to be ignored. That’s a very useful inbuilt system for defending the body against more serious injury. For example, if we have damaged a muscle in one leg, we will be told to limp and so take the weight off that leg. Without the pain, we might try to walk normally and damage the muscle further. Because, in most cases, the pain is localized, it’s a vital part of the diagnostic process. When the doctor asks you where it hurts, it narrows down the possible causes. Although the truth is told, there are two situations where the site of the pain may be misleading. There are sympathetic pains where injury in one part of the body is felt in a different place. There can also be damage to the nervous system itself so you feel pain where there’s no actual cause.
Continuing to feel pain is also vital. How would you know if you were getting better if you did not feel the pain slowly reducing in intensity? How would you know your injury or illness was getting worse if you did not feel the pain spreading? Although it’s always tempting to look for a switch to turn off the pain message, it’s not in your interest to do so. Indeed, there are no selective drugs, even in development, to turn off pain.
The best doctors can offer is drugs to reduce the level of pain. Anything too strong and you are usually unconscious within a short period of time, more or less unaware of your surroundings. Although people build up a tolerance to the most powerful of drugs, the risks of addiction are high, i.e. the price of feeling no pain is too high unless you are in a terminal condition. In a hospice, for example, the last days can pass in a drug-induced haze without pain. Otherwise, most people have to get on with their lives and must learn to do so feeling some pain.
This is not to deny the importance of Tapentadol online. It is a highly effective drug, reducing sometimes severe pain to a bearable level. But it’s far better to avoid using Tramadol on a regular basis. Pain management is the better long-term answer.