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Can a human being remember pain ?

DK cooper17.spamless at xs4all.nl
Thu Oct 22 02:59:14 EST 1998

John Hasenkam wrote in message <70jojp$5vq$1 at news.bix.asn.au>...
>The CNS does have some capacity for 'remembering' pain. During high g
>manoeuvres pilots sometimes experience pain in the lower face and teeth.
>Looking into this it was established that those pilots who had recent
>work reported pain in the teeth far more often than the face in general.
>Pain receptors may retain some sensitivity after a prolonged bout of firing
>(LTP?). This form of sensory memory probably finds its origin at the
>receptor sites, possibly the brainstem, probably not higher. It makes
>an area once injured should be 'watched' more carefully by the CNS,
>there do seem to be circumstances where the mechanism goes overboard. Is
>this a conscious remembering?

Is this why some people who have suffered terrible burns can continue to
feel as though the burns are fresh or even occurring for years after any
clinical reason for pain has healed?

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