What is primary pain?
Primary pain is pain that is driven by the pain signaling network and can exist even in the absence of tissue damage - causing changes in the brain’s pathways and very real pain.
This is actually a very common problem. Sometimes, the pain signaling system can become overly sensitized, and sound red alerts even when there is no danger; like a fire alarm without the fire.
Because it’s the signaling system that is misfiring, treating painful body parts alone will not generally make any significant or long-term reduction in pain.
How do I know if I have primary pain?
Indicators of primary pain fall into two categories: rule out and rule in. Ruling out is when imaging and other clinical tests are conducted, and nothing is found that can adequately explain symptoms. The second category is “rule in” Some positive indications of primary pain can include: