We all experience pain at some point in our lives. Pain is nature telling us, "Your body is being injured - take action to stop damage and prevent it from happening again." Reaching for medication is a common choice for some, however it’s worth considering whether it’s a suitable approach. If pain is our body’s way of warning us of harm, temporarily masking it with drugs means we’re ignoring the warning and allowing injury to continue. It also means that the root cause of the problem isn’t being addressed and potentially becoming worse.
There are two main types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain warns you that you’ve been hurt - it starts suddenly, and when the injury heals, the pain stops. Chronic pain, on the other hand, continues after the injury has healed, lasting for weeks, months, even years. According to the National Centre for Health Statistics, the most common sources of chronic pain include low back pain, neck pain, and headache or migraine pain.