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  1. #1 Why is pain so bad? 
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    I am currently suffering from a strained muscle in my back, which prevents me from doing anything normally, in the context of what I deem normal. (I will live)

    (Yet I am not displeased with this feeling of discomfort (pain) or lack of mobility!)

    Although I have my own feelings and thoughts on this subject, I would really like to hear from others and their own points of view of this subject!

    Take this question in any context of pain as you will! PLZ


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    Without pain there would be no happiness.


    Of all the wonders in the universe, none is likely more fascinating and complicated than human nature.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

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    Pain need not be “bad”. It is the body’s way of telling you that some part of the body needs urgent attention, so you can do something about it. If you didn’t feel pain, you wouldn’t know something was the matter – you might end up losing a vital organ or even your life. So, looked at from this point of view, pain can be “good”.
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    on the other hand, someone with arthritis probably wouldn't mind the pain to go away, like by ticking the box "i know my joints are worn, but there's not much i can do about it"
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    Well, I was referring more to acute pain than to chronic pain.
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    Maybe it is giving you an excuse to avoid work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    Maybe it is giving you an excuse to avoid work?
    Why would I be avoiding something that I enjoy doing with great people?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1C3
    I am currently suffering from a strained muscle in my back
    This kind of pain is highly manageable. The sensation causes nervous tension, which you may feed back, or not. It can even be a pleasant (though distracting) experience to quell such pain with the mind... I think you know what I'm talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1C3
    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    Maybe it is giving you an excuse to avoid work?
    Why would I be avoiding something that I enjoy doing with great people?!
    I didn't mean that work, I meant the other kind, like mowing the lawn or putting the screen in the storm door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    Maybe it is giving you an excuse to avoid work?
    Why would I be avoiding something that I enjoy doing with great people?!
    I didn't mean that work, I meant the other kind, like mowing the lawn or putting the screen in the storm door.
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    This isn't the biology section. Either 1C3 misplaced it, or you are not giving the answers that he was expecting. How is, "It is the body’s way of telling you that some part of the body needs urgent attention" philosophical?
    Of all the wonders in the universe, none is likely more fascinating and complicated than human nature.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1C3
    Take this question in any context of pain as you will! PLZ
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    I am assuming that was directed towards me.

    Yes, he said that to prevent a response like yours.
    Of all the wonders in the universe, none is likely more fascinating and complicated than human nature.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

    "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence"

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    IC3 said I could take it in any context, so I took it in the most common-sense direction. What’s wrong with that?
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    I'm not insulting your post (as you may have found, due to the lack of anger in your response); rather I am only saying that due to this post's placement, it demands an answer unlike your own, or others. Yes, one response regarding biology is acceptable, though when all but one of the rest are of the same misguided context, it annoys me.
    Of all the wonders in the universe, none is likely more fascinating and complicated than human nature.

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    To alleviate Cold's annoyance we must engage the Badness of Pain. Oh joy.


    Why is pain so bad?

    Because misery loves company? Get well soon, 1C3.
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    Pain is something that only is in existence if the person recognizes it as an annoyance enough to be classified as pain.

    Pain comes in many forms eg Physically and mentally.

    But what one person think is pain may be completely different to what someone else classifies as a pain, or painful.

    Its is all a matter linked between belief, mentality and endurance.

    Belief makes you believe something is painful, mentality makes you think something is painful and endurance is there to see to what limits you can be pushed to until something is 'painful.'

    Its very open to personal interpretation.
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    True; what I consider to be a good feeling during the 60th mile of my semi-monthly bike run, another would consider to be sheer agony (even of the same fitness level as myself).
    Of all the wonders in the universe, none is likely more fascinating and complicated than human nature.

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    I think its because we are born to not like pain, pain is a physical manifestation of avoiding trouble or potentially long term porblems. For instance the pain in your back and lack of monility will teach you, I think that whatever happened to get the pain is not repeated. But from reading your other posts, I have seen you also have a pain in the neck that follows you. :wink:
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