Pain is something the vast majority of us only have to deal with sometimes and every day. It is almost inconceivable to be unable to feel pain, but that is the life a woman has lived in Scotland for 66 years. She does not feel any cuts, burns, and even surgery does not register with her, and she has thought all her life that this is normal.
Her case, published in the British Journal of Anesthesia . attracted the attention of doctors only after recovering from orthopedic hand surgery without reported pain. As with all patients, she was given a series of analgesic medications during the operation, but she did not report any pain after the medication had resolved. At that point, the doctors realized something was wrong.
The pain value of the woman after surgery was "0/1
After being immersed in the medical history of the woman, the doctors realized that she had never had any complaints about pain of any kind, even after various surgeries. She told the researchers that she had "painless injuries" in the past, including broken bones and burns, which she only noticed when she smelled her burning flesh, but never counted pain.
According to the report, the rest of her family has pain Usually with the exception of her son, who has "some pain tolerance" but nothing compared to his mother. The woman also has no history of anxiety or depression and achieved zeros on all mental health questionnaires (zero indication). She was not in phase with a car crash she was recently involved in, and she does not know what panic is like.
An examination of their genes seems to explain why. The researchers find that they have a microdeletion in their DNA as well as an abnormal FAAH gene, which in other cases has been associated with varying levels of analgesia.
Researchers speculate that women's "genomic rearrangement" is likely to be more common than women's We think, and it is likely that there are others who lead a pain-free life without knowing how special it is. It took at least 66 years for this particular patient to be discovered and she is probably not alone.