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Can a human being remember pain ?

F. Frank LeFever flefever at ix.netcom.com
Wed Oct 21 20:01:01 EST 1998


In <70jojp$5vq$1 at news.bix.asn.au> "John Hasenkam"
<johnhkm at logicworld.com.au> writes: 
>
>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
dental
>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
sensory
>receptor sites, possibly the brainstem, probably not higher. It makes
sense,
>an area once injured should be 'watched' more carefully by the CNS,
although
>there do seem to be circumstances where the mechanism goes overboard.
Is
>this a conscious remembering?
>
>

In a word, "no".

However, I am interested in this account of specific sensitization
(pilots with recent dental work): can you cite the source?  Or give
approximate idea of date, publication venue (e.g. gov. report, journal
article, etc.)?

F. Frank LeFever, Ph.D.
New York Neuropsychology Group



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