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Introduction: The Universal Disorder

You know it at once. It may be the fiery sensation of a burn moments after your finger touches the stove. Or it's a dull ache above your brow after a day of stress and tension. Or you may recognize it as a sharp pierce in your back after you lift something heavy.

It is pain. In its most benign form, it warns us that something isn't quite right, that we should take medicine or see a doctor. At its worst, however, pain robs us of our productivity, our well-being, and, for many of us suffering from extended illness, our very lives. Pain is a complex perception that differs enormously among individual patients, even those who appear to have identical injuries or illnesses.

In 1931, the French medical missionary Dr. Albert Schweitzer wrote, "Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself." Today, pain has become the universal disorder, a serious and costly public health issue, and a challenge for family, friends, and health care providers who must give support to the individual suffering from the physical as well as the emotional consequences of pain.

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Genetic Research Sheds Light on Chronic Pain
Education Program in Primary Care Can Help Low Back Pain
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Study Examines Low Back Pain Therapy Techniques
Oxygen Useful in Treating Cluster Headache Pain
Brazilian Mint Tea Naturally Good for Pain Relief
Chronic Pain Trips Up Seniors
Low-Level Laser Treatment May Help Ease Neck Pain
Bad Mood May Make Pain Worse
Chronic Pain Can Be a Problem Years After Breast Surgery
Post-Surgical Pain in Children Can Be Effectively Managed
Pain Among Men and Women War Veterans Evaluated
Some People Vulnerable to Persistent Post-Op Pain
Corticosteroid Shot Helpful in Post-Pregnancy Back Pain
Many Chronic Low Back Pain Patients Recover Within a Year
Pain Robs Years From Folks at Mid-Life
Prevalence of Alcohol as Self-Medication for Pain Assessed
Drug Combo May Offer Best Relief for Nerve Pain
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