Handbook for Mortals : Controlling Pain : Types of pain: Cause or location of pain

Your doctor will ask about the location of your pain.

Some pain does not have an easily identified source. Such pain is very real - just because you can't quite describe it doesn't mean it is "all in your head."

All pain is part physical and part psychological. The physical part is the irritated tissues and nerves. The psychological part is how pain affects the rest of your life. And, just as pain affects your appetite, sleep, mood, social activities, and sense of well being, these things affect your pain.

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Handbook for Mortals book cover Copyright © 1999, 2006 by Joanne Lynn. This extract from the Handbook for Mortals by Joanne Lynn, M.D. and Joan Harrold, M.D. is used with permission. To learn more about improving care at the end of life visit the main web site for Americans for Better Care of the Dying.
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