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Old 03-28-2019, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I just heard this amazing story by the woman being interviewed on the BBC. I'd love to have some of this gene.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland...lands-47719718

https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0327203450.htm
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Old 03-28-2019, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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Hmm, tempting thought, but I'd just as soon keep mine. Pain may be a pain, but we have it for a reason. It literally saves your life. I wouldn't mind lowering the intensity of it, though.
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Old 03-28-2019, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Hmm, tempting thought, but I'd just as soon keep mine. Pain may be a pain, but we have it for a reason. It literally saves your life. I wouldn't mind lowering the intensity of it, though.
That's why I qualified my post with "some". Thinking about this woman and all she's missing out on "hardly any pain"!!!!!

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Old 03-28-2019, 05:15 PM
 
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I just heard this amazing story by the woman being interviewed on the BBC. I'd love to have some of this gene.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland...lands-47719718

https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0327203450.htm
No, even you wouldn't.

Pain is our bodies' warning sign

I had a patient who felt zero pain. He didn't know that he had a tack in his heal. Or the gangreen that he developed from that tack.
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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No, even you wouldn't.

Pain is our bodies' warning sign

I had a patient who felt zero pain. He didn't know that he had a tack in his heal. Or the gangreen that he developed from that tack.
With all due respect, I agree. As an adult I have taken to the notion that pain can be our friend. It lets us know we are truly alive. It alerts us to problems and makes us aware of our circumstances so that when needed we can seek help.
About thirty years ago a friend had a terrible accident when a storm blew a storm door into him, cutting him up pretty bad. He had severe damage to his left arm which included nerve damage. This damage left him with little to no feeling in his left hand. About ten years ago we were at a gathering, I think to watch football and he was there. He got up and was slicing some cheese and talking with another guest when all of a sudden she screamed. While slicing the cheese he was cutting through his finger and he had no idea of what he was doing to his finger. I instantly thought of this when I read about the woman with no pain.
Again, all due respect to the folks living with pain.
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Old 03-29-2019, 11:06 AM
 
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Maybe it is just a matter of conditioning oneself? Going back to my childhood, I refused Novacane for drilling cavities. Dentists always said to me, "You aren't in pain"? Fast forward to adulthood more dentists have asked me why I didn't come in sooner for very bad dental issues. "Weren't you in excruciating pain". No, did not feel anything.

Two years ago after major dental surgery (2 extractions and cyst removed), Dentist wanted me to take a script for pain medication. Told him I did not need it, but he insisted I would be pain. Right, Doc. His Assistant followed me to my car, script in hand. Leave me alone. A couple of Tylenol at night is enough for me. When I went back to this Dentist, he shook my hand and said he had never had a patient before who didn't need that pain script after similar surgery.

Cuts? I cannot count how many times I have cut myself with a kitchen knife and didn't know I did until I saw a trail of blood on the floor. Oh, must have cut myself! Well, let me say this much. Blood alone is a sign of something wrong, even without any pain attached to it. Thirty-five years when I had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, I cleaned my house before I went to the hospital. Only a dull "pain" down my left side, but a lot of BLEEDING, warned me of it.

Well, the one thing you can say about those of us with very high tolerance for pain, is that we won't become addicted to Opioids.
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Old 03-30-2019, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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The woman in the article has a genetic abnormality. She has not "conditioned" herself to pain. She is being studied to see if they can learn anything about how to treat pain.

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Old Yesterday, 07:04 AM
 
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There is a terrific book on this very topic, The Gift of Pain by Paul Brand and Philip Yancey

Outstanding read about Brand's work with Leprosy patients in the US and abroad detailing the horrible consequences of a life without pain sensation. Really good read.
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Old Yesterday, 07:08 AM
 
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The woman in the article has a genetic abnormality. She has not "conditioned" herself to pain. She is being studied to see if they can learn anything about how to treat pain.
This.

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Old Yesterday, 08:41 AM
 
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There is a terrific book on this very topic, The Gift of Pain by Paul Brand and Philip Yancey

Outstanding read about Brand's work with Leprosy patients in the US and abroad detailing the horrible consequences of a life without pain sensation. Really good read.
Thanks! I'm going to put this on my reading list.
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