Pain is a perplexing puzzle, but the type of pain you are experiencing can hold information as to its source. Discovering its source can lead you to a solution. Most people don’t think very deeply of pain, but for me, it has been at the forefront of my thoughts both in my work and in my personal life. Below are some terms that might help you describe what you are feeling.

Acidic: An overwhelming burning intensity of the skin or flesh.

Aching: A dull throbbing sensation that tends to be persistent upon aggravation. It is commonly used to describe headaches, backaches, broken bones, etc.

Binding: An intense pain that feels as if something is stuck pressing together. It is constricting of one’s movement and constantly hurts throughout the movement of a joint or limb.

Biting: A very sharp or stabbing quality that is more prolonged. This type of pain often happens after a specific motion. It has a lasting, deeper quality than sharp or stabbing pain.

Cold: An icy pain characterized by low blood flow or circulation often accompanied by skin discoloration. The source of pain feels cool to the touch.

Consistent: Pain that exists regardless of position or activity. 

Crippling: debilitating pain that consumes you with fear and isolates you.

Cutting: Involves a sharp knife-like pain with the effect of the blade being dragged a distance. Think of being sliced by a knife rather than just poked. 

Hot: Sensation of heat or burning as if touching a hot object. This quality can be used concurrently with other pains that are intermittent or chronic.

Intermittent: Pain that comes and goes can be activity-related or not necessarily.

Low grade: Pain that is not significant enough to limit one’s daily activities or push one to seek help.

Mysterious: Pain with no apparent origin.

Nagging: A consistent low-grade pain that interferes with one’s ability to focus. 

Overwhelming: Pain that overcomes the individual and is their only point of mental focus, disabling them from other thought or motion activities.

Pinching: A sudden sensation happens when two joints come together, often describing pain in the lower back, neck, hip or shoulder.

Pulsing: Pain that has a discernible rhythm with a rise and a fall. Take note if the pulsing is in rhythm with your heart beat.

Sharp: Sudden onset pain when using a specific body part that causes one to halt and approach the movement differently. 

Stabbing: A more intense sharp pain penetrates deep, emanating from deep in the muscles or a joint capsule. After the initial onset, it has a lingering quality that will often feel like a knifepoint inside the body.

Steady: A pain that stays at a constant intensity when it is present. Steady pain can have a persistent and sustained or intermittent time interval. 

Stinging: A hot, burning momentary pain that flashes often from an outside source. For example, having an elastic snapped on your skin.

Tingling: Pain often felt in the extremities or during the healing phase following a substantial injury. It is often a low grade sensation covering a broad area. Tingling is often associated with nerve damage or nerve regrowth, and common to impingement syndromes where nerves are compressed that can have a traveling or radiating quality. 

Transient: Pain that originates in one area of the body and seems to move to a different place while maintaining the same character. 

Transitional: Pain that occurs when moving or changing body positions. 

Transitory: Pain that comes and goes without any underlying cause.

Traveling: Pain that originates in one area of the body and can palpably migrate to a different part of the limb or the body. It can be of varying qualities, often tingling in nature.

Twisty: A pain or sensation that feels as if it wraps around a bone, segment, or spinal column.

If your pain is not described above, I would be very interested in discussing it with you so that both of us might better understand what you are feeling.