PainPain is an unpleasant feeling often caused by intense or damaging impacts (stimuli) such as; stubbing, burning, cutting and bumping. Most pain resolves promptly once the painful stimulus is removed and the body has healed, but sometimes pain persists despite removal of the stimulus and apparent healing of the body; and sometimes pain arises in the absence of any detectable stimulus, damage or disease.
Pain is a symptom in many medical conditions, and can significantly interfere with a person's quality of life and general functioning. Psychological factors, such as joy, unhappiness and distraction, can significantly modulate pain's intensity or unpleasantness.
It has always been scientists dream to be able to measure pain objectively. However, this will most likely never become possible as pain is a multi-sensorial subjective perception and cannot be measured by a single number.
Pain that lasts a long time (3 months or more) is called chronic, and pain that resolves quickly (up to 3 months) is called acute. A popular alternative definition of chronic pain, involving no arbitrarily fixed durations is "pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing".
On average 16% of the world’s population suffers from chronic pain. Unfortunately most patients with chronic pain are insufficient treated due to the lack of efficient treatment. Consequently, scientists and the industry are obliged to join forces to discover and develop better treatments for pain and hence fulfil the substantial demand for new and efficient compounds.
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