Throbbing Pain – Is It Actual Pain Or is It In My Mind?

Sometimes you hurt yourself and afterward feel a throbbing pain. It can be hard to tell if it is an actual pain or if your mind is playing tricks on you because pain always comes from the brain. To understand throbbing pain means understanding the stress and the nervous system. Only can know if you are in actual pain or if you are dealing with a mental setback. One of the hardest thing about being injured as an athlete is not getting physically fit again but dealing with the mental delay.

What Is Throbbing Pain?

Throbbing pain usually occurs in soft tissue that has recently experienced some form of trauma. The pulsing can be slow, rhythmic, quick pulsing or any combination of these sensations. The throbbing may also be visible sometimes. The pulsing feeling can affect one area, and slowly move its way to other areas. It can be random in occurrence as well which is what can make it difficult to understand. Throbbing pain is usually moderate to severe in intensity.

The Causes of Throbbing Pain?

  • A migraine
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tumors/Brain cancer
  • Tooth cavities
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Finger and Toe Abscess
  • Frostbite
  • Gout
  • Radicular pain
  • Infected Joint
  • Bone Cancer
  • Breast Abscess
  • Muscle strain
  • Fracture

Is It Actual Pain or Is It In The Mind?

A lot of times people will be told that something they are going through is in their head. The problem with saying this is that even if it is in your head, your body cannot tell the difference. If your brain is sending signals to your body that there is a pain, then it is real to you whether there is a reason for the message or not.

There are cases where a healthcare provider will treat you and see no reason for the pain you are experiencing. Maybe you have a throbbing pain in your hamstring, and you feel as if there is a problem there. When you get treated by a healthcare provider, they see no such problem which makes you question if it is in your head. It could be but until you can get the brain to build a new mental map from an old injury, you may continue to feel this way.

The Mind Dealing With Chronic and Acute Pain Throbbing Pain

Adrian Louwe has spoken many times about how the brain reacts to pain. When it comes to Chronic injuries, the brain starts to send automatic signals to the body that there is a pain even when the pain threat is no longer there. If you are dealing with an injury like shin splints. You may get treatment, and everything in your body structurally can be useful, but you have had the injury so long that the brain has not rewired itself yet.

With acute pain, the body will become more aware of the area and take in more details. This can be annoying after because you feel like you notice an think about that body part more. That is good when recovering but once you are healed this can slow you down and make you believe that you are not healed.

Best Ways to Deal With Throbbing Pain and Actual Pain

The best ways to deal with these injuries is to work with healthcare providers. The key is finding the respective healthcare provider that is the best for the issue you are having. Most people start with a general family doctor even when that is not the best option.

For musculoskeletal injuries, for example, the best options are usually sported medicine healthcare providers. The reason is that any healthcare providers capable of taking care of athletes who use their muscles all of the time will have no problem dealing with your throbbing pain.

Some healthcare providers have the skills to help reset the nervous system so that you can help figure out if you are dealing actual pain or if your nervous system is still sending false messages. Here are the types of providers that can help with throbbing pain:

How to Find The Best Healthcare Providers For Your Needs

9INE POINT Health will get you connected with the best providers by allowing you to search for local healthcare providers by type of practitioner and skill set. Meaning if you are dealing with throbbing pain or any other sort of actual pain, you can find a Massage therapist that also know fascial stretch therapy and Graston if that is what you think you need. If you are not familiar with this sort of healthcare and you don’t know what you need, 9INE POINT Health will help you figure that out.

KHO Health was acquired by was acquire by 9INE POINT in the summer of 2019 and is now referred to as 9INE POINT Health.


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