The brain can change the way you feel pain. Parts of the brain that control our emotions can increase or decrease the sensation of pain. So, if you are anxious you may feel more pain, and if you are relaxed you may feel less pain. Sometimes the nerves carrying messages to and from the brain become ‘sensitised’ or ‘wound up’. This means that you continue to feel pain even when what was causing the pain has been treated.
It is important to always report any new pain to your doctor even if you think you know the cause. If pain is treated early, it may be managed with less medication or other treatment. Some useful suggestions to manage pain which you can discuss with your doctor and your local palliative care services include: