As distinguished from primary pain, secondary pain is the mind’s reaction to primary pain.
Secondary pain is highly processed pain that’s produced when the mind analyzes raw information being sent by the body to the brain. During this process, the mind teases apart sensations and sifts through past memories as it attempts to determine the underlying cause of pain and find a solution. This all happens in an instant. However, depending on how many past painful experiences a person has had, the mind may become flooded with unsettling memories. The person can then become enmeshed in thoughts about suffering, which results in increased tension and stress. This often leads to chronic pain. Secondary pain is both real and painful.« Back to Glossary Index