Signs & Symptoms of Pain

The following symptoms may indicate that a person is in emotional, physical or spiritual pain. 

Emotional

  • Forgetfulness
  • Poor concentration
  • Dull senses
  • Lethargy
  • Boredom
  • Low productivity
  • Negative attitude
  • Anxiety
  • The ‘blues’
  • Mood swings
  • Anger
  • Bad dreams
  • Irritability
  • Crying spells
  • Nervous laughter
  • Dependency on others

Physical

  • Frowning
  • Grimacing
  • Appetite changes
  • Poor sleeping
  • Fearful expression
  • Teeth grinding
  • Fidgeting
  • Groaning or moaning
  • Crying
  • Sighing
  • Heavy breathing
  • Decreasing activity
  • Change in gait
  • A loss of function

Spiritual

  • Emptiness
  • Loss of meaning
  • Doubt
  • Martyrdom
  • Loss of direction
  • Cynicism
  • Apathy
  • Abandonment
  • Worry
  • Loss of hope
  • Isolation
  • Distrust
  • “No one cares.”
  • Guilt
  • Loss of hope
  • “Why is this happening?”

 

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