After an orthopedic injury, one often experiences the following trajectory, in order of increasing time since incurring the injury:
- pain: acute discomfort, often intermittent (e.g., when moving the injured part)
- ache: persistent but sub-acute discomfort
- something which I can only presently describe as "awareness without discomfort"
Is there a better or more exact term, preferably one in clinical use (i.e., that an English-speaking medical professional would be expected to understand) for the third item? What I mean, why I ask:
I recently fell on my left knee, subsequently experiencing the trajectory above, as I have all-too-often in the past. (Once should be enough !-) The difference between "ache" and "pain" is well discussed here. However, for quite a while after the injured part ceases to be uncomfortable, I experience a continuous awareness of the part, which differs from my uninjured parts as follows:
I'm guessing that, most of the time, you (the reader) is just not aware of most parts of your body. Certainly I am not: if I want to "check in on" (e.g.) my uninjured right knee, I need to "bring my attention to it" (a phrase with which yogi/nis will probably be aware). OTOH, currently and for many days now, I can feel my injured left knee, without either effort or direction, and the feeling is not uncomfortable. (Hence the awareness is neither inexplicable nor discomforting, in contrast to this question.)
Am I alone in this experience? If not, is there a well-accepted, preferably clinical, term for this?