What is Pain?

As a member of a family with varying pain responses on the extreme ends (both over and underesponsiveness) I found this interesting

Knowing Neurons

For many, pain is an indescribably awful feeling that causes suffering and emotional distress.  It is a sensation that is so unpleasant – so unbearable – that most people will go to great lengths to avoid it.  For others, enduring pain has become a rite of passage (tattoo, anyone?) that signifies mental strength and discipline.  The ceremony, however, does not diminish the pain itself or one’s primal urge to avoid it.  Regardless, many people live a relatively pain-free life, and those that choose to endure pain do so on their own free will.  For those that suffer from neuropathic pain, however, pain has become an unavoidable specter that haunts every moment of their lives.

Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain syndrome that is often the result of tissue or nerve damage.  A commonly known form of neuropathic pain is “phantom limb syndrome,” in which an amputee continues to feel pain…

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