Pain is an unpleasant feeling that can be triggered by physical damage or mental traumas. It can be classified as either acute or chronic pain. A doctor will help to determine the cause and then prescribe a proper treatment after diagnosis.
The nociceptor is a nerve ending, which will send a signal to the brain when faced with certain stimuli. This may result in a physical feeling of pain, which is also known as nociception. Pain is a perception that signals to people that a physical damage or mental trauma has occurred or may be occurring. However, pain is subjective and very complex. Even though nociceptors all over the body are signalizing pain, the actual sensation of pain is solely located in the brain.
Pain can be acute or chronic. Acute pain lasts a short period of time and is expected to be over soon. Chronic pain lasts much longer. It may last even after recovery of an injury or damage, and continue for several months or longer. However, pain can be categorized into three different types: 1) nociceptive pain, 2) neurogenic pain, and 3) psychogenic pain. Nociceptive pain occurs when there is damage to tissue in the body registered by nociceptors, and neurogenic pain occurs when there is damage to the nervous system. Neurogenic pain is usually not felt at the location of damage but instead in the area of innervations of the damaged nerves. In addition, not only can physical damage cause pain, but mental traumas are also implicated in certain instances of pain. Psychogenic pain is the pain caused by mental and emotional problems. Pain may have characteristics such as being sharp, burning or dull. It may come and go, or it may be on a constant level. Pain can be present in any area of the human body. Pain can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. Without pain, people might get hurt without knowing, or might not realize some medical issues.
The treatment of pain will mainly depend on the cause, and may include: 1) several oral or intravenous medications, 2) local injection treatments, 3) physical and occupational therapy, 4) Electrical stimulation, 5) alternative medicine, 6) psychological support and 7) surgery. Once the underlying problems are found and treated, the related pain usually quickly diminishes or becomes treatable. More problematic is the therapy of chronic pain with no detectable morphological substrate.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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