There are a few words which denote a sensation of severe physical discomfort: abdominal pain; aches in my leg; the pangs of a cramped muscle; a stitch in my side; the throes of dying; a twinge of arthritis.
Most of these are not "severe" physical discomfort, apart from pain.
Pain = a somatic sensation of acute discomfort
Ache is a dull pain, often chronic.
Pangs implies short sharp pain
A stitch is the specific form of cramp in the abdomen following extreme exertion. Usually sharp - hence the word "stitch".
Twinge - short sensation which is not usually intense
Throes of dying has no physical meaning = it is the process of dying.
Would you be kind enough explain to me the special feature of the mentioned above terms in bold?
There are further examples concerning the matter in question.
She felt a sharp pain in her back.
I have pains in my side.
He found her suffering great pain and about to be removed to a hospital.
He felt a sharp pain when the needle touched his skin.
He felt a dull ache in one’s bones.
..she got up.. hardly able to endure the racking ache which now seemed continually an element of her being.
I feel a sharp pang if I touch an aching tooth.
a pain in the knee
a pain in the back
an ache in one’s bones
an ache in one’s limbs
There was a dull ache in his bones as he sat in the unheaten room.
The ache over his brows was intolerable.
pangs in the belly
throes in the belly
The throes of a mortal and painful disorder.
a twinge in one’s side
But after a day or two …he was with the same old nasty twinge in his kidneys.
a stitch in one’s side
He ran until he got a stitch in the side.
a twing in the heart
a stitch in the heart
a twinge of gout
the throes of seasickness
Thanks for your efforts.
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