Pain is a symptom and not a disease. It is an unpleasant sensation triggered by the nervous system when there is tissue damage or other damage to the body. Pain can vary in character and may be dull, achy, stabbing, shooting, burning or like piercing pins-and-needles sensation. It may be localised over a specific area of the body such as your back or all over such as in the case of flu (influenza).
What other symptoms might occur with pain?
Most people with pain have other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For instance, in pain due to arthritis, you may experience swelling, stiffness or decrease in range of motion of joint besides pain in one or more joint. Pain caused by compressed nerve in the lower back may be associated with stiffness of back or loss of bladder control.
Other symptoms that may occur with pain include:
Symptoms suggestive of some serious or life-threatening condition
Pain may be a symptom in people with a serious or life-threatening condition such as a heart attack or stroke. Consult a doctor immediately or visit an emergency room if you have any serious symptoms with or without pain.