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Pain is hard to pin down. It can be sharp, dull, burning, constricting, throbbing or colicky. It can be acute or chronic. For many, there is no close correlation between physical damage and the degree of pain experienced. There is an inherently subjective aspect to pain: Mood, attitudes and external events can all influence how it is perceived. It is even possible to endure agony from a part of the body that no longer exists, as amputees suffering from phantom


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