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Feeling pain

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Overview

Ouch!!! Gotcha!

Pain, although often uncomfortable, is a protective mechanism that alerts us to potential or actual harm to the body's tissues.

Here, the peripheral nervous system sent a pain message to the brain that a bee sting occurred on the nose.

Let's take a look at an instant replay to see how this communication works.

The pain receptors in the skin detect tissue damage from the bee sting. Then, the peripheral nerves send a pain signal to the brain. The brain analyzes the pain signal.

Ouch!!!

In turn, the brain delivers a message back to the muscles of the arm to react.

Hasta la beesta, babee!

As you can tell, it's a very effective system.

Review Date 7/12/2018

Updated by: Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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