Should Pain Remedies Emulate Opioids?

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Perhaps more troublesome, is when the arbitrators of pain—nerves themselves—malfunction.

Pain Intense Enough For Opioids

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All pain is sensory nerve pain. Nerve fibers run from our skin (integumentary system) and internal organs to key regions of our spine for the most rapid response in the event of injury. For further protection, our spine can even respond before our brain realizes the cause. Sometimes endorphins and adrenalin temporarily kick in, allowing us to remove ourselves from harm’s way despite severe injury. This is followed by severe pain. A while after the physical threat is removed, pain gradually subsides.

Then there’s chronic pain. This may occur as a result of shrapnel or nerve damage. Unremovable fragments of sharp foreign matter can shift and cut internal muscles, organs or skin. Like such wounds, damaged sensory nerves can constantly annoy us.

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