It may seem rather dreary and morbid to begin a new year with thoughts of slaying but in truth it is a resolution to get rid of all that is unpleasant leaving behind only that which is good. Pain, the most elusive of all unpleasant symptoms has riddled us for decades. It is the most basic and most primitive feeling and yet its solution extends out of our reach. How can we evaluate that which has no measure, a mere sensation so intangible and so subjective, it almost never is the same for two individuals?
In spite of its indescribable quality, the theories of pain syndromes have been developed in an attempt to categorize individuals with similar perception of pain. And still we remain unsatisfied, because if pain were such a simple concept, individuals with identical perceptions should always find relief with a proven analgesic.
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