Published May 5, 2009
I have a pain question to answer, there is an disorder where someone has impaired pain receptors or feel no pain receptors at all.
How do they survive (We need to feel pain in order to know somebody's wrong right? and to be able to address it? Is it heredity? Can it be cured?
Thanks a lot. Thank you, thank you, thank you a hundred times.
Um..not that sure how they were able to survive and if it is either cured. However, a very interesting question. I would also like to know!
Daytonite, BSN, RN
I was doing a little investigation of this. The medical term for "no pain" evades me at the moment. I think I should know this. I keep thinking of something like paralysis. I tried looking down the list of diseases of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and nothing struck me as fitting your criteria. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/disorder_index.htm I also thought of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Pain (comfort) is low on the physiological ladder with oxygen, food and water, dispose of bodily wastes, the control body temperature, movement and rest coming before comfort. Safety issues come secondary to physiologic ones on Maslow's scale.
I found a little on the subject. Quite interesting actually. At the bottom of the following link there are other links as well. Good Luck
One such diagnosis is CIPA, or congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis (the inability to sweat).
Here is one link, but if you Google CIPA, you will find many more.
Hansen's disease (formerly known as leprosy) also involves diminished or absent pain responses that can result in terrible injuries and disfigurement.
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