While the above tips are effective solutions for acute, short-term pain, don’t be a cowgirl when it comes to chronic ailments. Tuning out important signals, such as the pain that can come with a growing breast tumor or the sharp, uncomfortable pangs of uterine fibroids, can have serious long-term health consequences.
What’s more, a review published in the journal Anesthesiology found that people who actively tried to ignore their long-term pain might hurt more. “Left untreated, chronic pain often gets worse over time; the nerve pathways become more sensitive and pain sensations escalate,” explains Long. “After a while, the feeling can end up lingering even after the actual tissue or bone has healed.”
Look at it this way: A high pain threshold is definitely a quality to be thankful for–but when your body attempts to tell you something again and again, the smartest thing you can do is listen up.
Breathe through it. Deeply.