Pain is a very common dream symbol and one of the reasons people do not like dreaming about it is due to the commonality of this dream.
Feeling pain in your dream is a very real experience. One very common meaning that goes back to Freudian interpretations is that experiencing pain in your dream implies that you are being very hard on yourself in some area in your waking life.
This is even more true if a situation occurred that was beyond your control. Pain anywhere, in waking life or in the dream world, suggests a need to slow down and review things that are holding you back from being all that you can be in your life.
Dreaming About Physical Pain
If you are in physical pain in your dream it suggests that you may have a problem in the waking world associated with this, so pay very close attention to where the pain is felt in your dream. This can be suggesting something wrong physically – like your head and over exhaustion – or something more metaphorical – like your chest hurting and heartbreak.
Pain in a dream can also serve as a metaphor, so for example, if you are experiencing pain in your neck in your dream and a person from your waking life that annoys you is also present, the metaphor is pretty obvious!
Another example would be the runner who dreams of pain in her leg and her coach is present; the metaphor could imply that this particular coach is not the best for her success in the long run, and could even be blocking her progress.
Note: If you are concerned that you are experiencing a real-life illness or injury, it is never a bad idea to have something checked out based on a dream experience; most doctors have heard at least one of their patients experience this.
Have you had this dream more than once? Check out the meaning of recurring dreams.
Dreaming About Emotional Pain
If you are dreaming about emotional pain then this indicates a fear of being hurt in your waking life or that you are processing pain in the real world.
This can be related to your love life, career, situations or circumstances, or anything where you feel vulnerable. Pay attention to what pain is causing you distress and investigate further into the meaning behind those symbols.
For example, if you have a dream that you have been emotionally hurt by your father or father figure, it could be pain associated with him or in your current lifestyle.
Dreaming you are in some kind of emotional pain is your subconscious’ way of trying to bring your attention to this fear or pain so that you can address it in your waking life.
Dreaming About Pain Sensations
If you dream of aches, pains, and other types of painful sensations in your dream which is isolated and appear at random, it could be a warning not to take unnecessary risks.
Your subconscious may be encouraging you to take a more positive and productive approach to something in your life.
The degree of pain in your dream will highlight the urgency of the situation.
Learn more about Dream Interpretation here.