Pain is one of the most commonsymptoms of diseases and serves as a signal that something is wrong with the body. A person feels pain when nerve endings transmit signals about him through the spinal cord to the brain. And pain relievers, also known as pain relievers, are used to block these signals. But recently, German scientists conducted an experiment, during which they developed another way to reduce the strength of pain. In fact, he is the personification of the proverb "they knock out a wedge by a wedge", that is, to get rid of one pain, you need to feel another pain, stronger. It sounds like something very strange and meaningless, so let's find out exactly how scientists from Germany came up with this.
It is important to note, that pain is physical and mental. In the second case, pain is triggered by the activation of neurons in the anterior cingulate cortex. This article deals with physical pain.
How to reduce pain?
The results of the unusual study werepublished in the scientific journal Brain Sciences. Scientists already know that pain can be felt more or less depending on the situation. The so-called pain control system is responsible for this in our body. You could feel the consequences of her work on your own experience. For example, when a person has a pain on a cloudy day, the sensations seem extremely unpleasant. And if the pain occurs on sunny days, it is much easier to endure it. In general, the severity of pain depends not only on the degree of irritation of the nerve endings, but also on many other factors.
Examining the pain control systemscientists from the Ruhr University in Bochum (Germany) have been studying for a long time. In one experiment, they used the so-called pain modulation technique. He is able to show how much one pain can suppress the sensation from another source of pain. In the first stage of the experiment, electrodes were attached to the bodies of the volunteers, which caused pain with strong discharges. And at the second stage, in addition to electrical stimulation, the bodies of people were also affected by cold. The participants in the experiment had to rate the level of pain from the electric current in the first and second cases.
As you would expect, in the second case, the coldwas able to distract their attention from the painful sensations of the electric current. Not only volunteers said this - the information was confirmed by the results of brain scans. In fact, researchers have proven that one pain source can suppress the effects of another. It does not sound very pleasant and at the moment it is not clear how this discovery can be used for medical purposes. But suppose someday scientists develop a device that can help people distract themselves from severe pain. Such technology would be beneficial for patients who are allergic to certain types of drugs.
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Other ways to relieve pain
The best way to get rid of the pain so farSince then, the use of pain relievers, also known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), is considered. Nerve fibers become sensitive to pain due to the active substances of prostaglandins. Painkillers block the work of enzymes that produce them, thereby preventing nerve fibers from feeling pain and transmitting signals about it to the brain. But it is important to understand that pain relievers do not address the cause of pain or stop tissue damage... They just keep the brain from feeling pain. Therefore, with persistent pain, you need to see a doctor.
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There are also folk remedies for getting rid ofpain, but in one of the materials we have already found out that there is nothing good in traditional medicine. If you go deeper into history, you can find out that our ancestors treated diseases in very strange ways. For example, in ancient times, burns were treated with baby urine. You can read about this and other unpleasant methods of treatment in this article.