WHAT DOES PAIN MEAN
Any time there is pain in the body, there are sensory nerves which are firing; these may or may not be related to a structural problem causing the sensory dysfunction. 95% of the time with chronic pain, there is no major structural reason/cause for the pain (nothing pushing on a nerve, no bulging disc, nothing leaning on a spinal nerve) but the person still has pain! The problem with most doctors who are not well versed in the field of neurology is that their immediate assumption is that if you have pain, there must be a structural reason for it. In other words, there must be some form of structure, being bone, soft tissue, disc or some object actually pushing on the sensory nerve, causing it to continuously fire. This assumption is not always true. This is usually when general practitioners prescribe prescription pain relievers, which unfortunately nerves do not respond well to (even drugs such as narcotics); hence the cause of the problem not being corrected, and the pain is not eliminated from the body. So why is the pain still there? This is because the patient is caught in a sensory motor loop, meaning their body has literally forgotten how to shut the pain down. This is due to a neuropathic problem where the nerve itself is swollen, firing continuously, sending incorrect information to the brain; hence creating a major problem for the patient where they are stuck in a pain cycle.