Acute pain often starts with an unexpected injury, or something such as surgery, and then it diminishes over time if there is no inflammation.
Read: What is Acute Pain?
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of acute pain cover the full range of possibilities.
They can start with a shooting pain that could make you cry out, or a stabbing pain in the case of something like a gallbladder infection. This is never something which can be ignored or overlooked.
Or it could be a dull pain, which acute pain often changes into, after the initial stages, such as when you are nursing a nasty cut.
Or it could be a constant ache, of which you are constantly aware, and which might keep you awake at night.
Sometimes acute pain can be throbbing, especially if a cut, a wound or a burn has become inflamed, or a surgical incision has not healed properly.
Pain can also manifest as a sensation best described as pins and needles.
People have differing abilities to endure pain, and what might feel like serious pain to one person might be no more than a dull ache to someone else.
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