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This is a summary of pain centers which will help you in reading other articles.
After more than one comment and request, we publish on the topic of those who feel no pain.
Any time Hains and Waxman at Yale talk, we listen.
The tremendous language gap continues to be a problem in central pain. Even using sign language, which we think happens in some cases of suicide (see prior article), does little to bridge the information gap. Rather, it seems to convince scientists that CP subjects are not “quite right” and their pain largely imagined. We still have only the little CP rats, chewing off their limbs, to evidence that Central Pain is unspeakably cruel; and who pays attention to rats? Hence, matters remain literally “unspeakable”, and the evil continues.
Although perhaps the least spoken of, the muscle problem is certainly not a minor factor in the Central Pains. You will find yourself in the paragraphs of this article depending on the degree to which you possess garden variety spasticity, as well as “CP spasticity”, the latter including some false sensations, as described below.
The famous phrase, ironically, is alleged to never actually have been spoken in the Star Trek episodes. Still, the idea of a transporter has some interesting parallels in pain.
The ability of motor cortex stimulation to ease central pain was a mystery at first and remains so. However, new work on the genes which arrange motor nerves suggests more links between pain and motor processing.
“Forget about the pain and just get on with life”–the biggest fiction in the world. Stick with the non-fiction stuff.
It is unlikely that the average person with central pain cares about WHERE the burning is coming from, but in the end, the locus of activity tells us what drugs should rationally have benefit.