Pain is deceptive. It contains many pixels of input to and analysis by the brain, but we are tricked into thinking it is a seamless experience. This breaks down in Central Pain, and sometimes pieces of the puzzle are crammed together that do not belong together. It may be some comfort to learn this synthesis of sensations happens outside the pain system as well. In synesthetics and the flower children, we find corroboration of what we have been trying to tell people about the bizarre mix of sensations in central pain. Think LSD makes you have terrible trips? Try Central Pain. The absolute worst, guaranteed.
Dr. David Bowsher, from Liverpool, was one of the first to note the paradoxical combinations of sensations in many of the central pains, in particular the dysesthetic burning, which is often accompanied by what he termed a paradoxical sensation of “cold”, which Patrick Wall termed