Why do I feel pain even when I am not injured?

Some of the reasons you feel pain even though you are not injured are fear, stress, neglect, abuse, trauma, emotional discomfort, etc.

People feel pain when specific nerves detect tissue damage and transmit the information to the brain. A pain management physician may get to the source of the affliction and help alleviate the patient’s suffering, depending on the circumstances. However, there is no connection between pain levels and specific physical suffering; pain can be present without injury.

Any health-related symptom is caused either by tissue damage or nerve pathways. Nerve pathways can cause real and severe symptoms. Pain is a nerve pathway created by experiencing repeated events of:

  • fear
  • stress
  • neglect
  • abuse

Pain can be activated by re-experiencing these same emotions or other negative feelings. Pathways can be turned off by acquiring:

  • knowledge
  • power in your social environment
  • confidence (even if only to accomplish your basic routines)

Psychological trauma and physical injury create an identical pathway

The emotional discomfort experienced in childhood, caused by abuse, divorce, neglect, etc., creates pathways of negative emotions that we feel as danger or fear. If ulterior traumas occur, new pathways will concomitantly ensue.

Even later in life, there might be a car accident that would trigger the fear pathways that are already sensitive. Further symptoms may also develop, such as:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • fatigue

Living in this pattern will cause the nerve pathways to create intense pain. Your mind can cause pain in the absence of a physical source when this pain is related to emotional, behavioral, or psychological factors.


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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/