Ouch! That hurts! Whether it’s a headache, an earache, sore shins from the soccer field or a fall on the playground, we all feel pain from time to time.
Pain isn’t fun. In fact, it can disrupt our lives. Until it goes away, it can be… well… a real pain to deal with!
If you feel pain, you should tell your parents or an adult. Fortunately, there are many medicines — called "pain relievers" — that can help you feel better right away.
When you swallow a pain reliever (either as a liquid or a pill), do you have to tell it to go to your head, your ear or your shin? Nope!
So how does this help that one spot where you’re hurting feel better?
When they sense a release of prostaglandin, your nerve endings transmit a message through the nervous system to your brain, telling it where and how much an area of the body hurts. Pain relievers work — all throughout the body — by preventing injured cells from releasing prostaglandin.
But pain isn’t always bad, even if it doesn’t feel very good. Pain is your body’s way of warning you that something is wrong so you can fix it.
If you didn’t feel pain, you might not realize that there was a problem, and it could get much worse before you notice it on your own.