Pain: A Gift in Disguise

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Pain is worldwide. In every county and every city, pain is being experienced. Whether it is the pain of a stubbed toe or the pain of a massive heart attack, someone is in pain and that pain has a purpose. However, from the first experience of pain we begin to suspect that pain is no friend of ours. And as we continue to endure and be subjected to pain, we begin to loathe it. As the dislike towards pain grows, we Americans give up on bearing and conquering pain. Our medicine cabinets have become filled with pain pills and popping a pill at every miniscule ache has become routine. Yes, some pains of excruciating and chronic levels should be diminished, but pain should never be eradicated. We may wish to be invincible to pain, but pain has a purpose and it is a necessity to be felt. As humans with no natural armor, we fear pain and try to escape it; however, the rare disease of Congenital Insensitivity to pain reinforces and confirms that pain is the vital teacher essential to our survival, and above all we should all be grateful for pain. Pain can be felt in many different areas in various degrees. We all experience pain differently, but all pain is a property not only of the senses, but of our brain and our expectations as well (Myers 227). There are many different theories of how our bodies experience pain, but the most common is the Gate-Control theory. The Gate- Control theory conceives that the spinal cord contains a neurological “gate” that either blocks pain signals or allows them to pass on to the brain. The spinal cord contains small nerve fibers that conduct most pain signals and larger fibers that contain most other sensory signals. When the tissue is injured, the small fibers activate and open the neural gate causing... ... middle of paper ... ... 10 April 2011. Grunowski, John and Emma Lee. Help Roberto. Help Roberto, 2007. Web. 17 April 2011. Kennedy, Ron. “Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with Anhidrosis.” The Doctors’ Medical Library. Medical Library, 2011. Web. 12 April 2011. Lambert, Katie. “How CIPA Works.” Discovery Fit & Health. Discovery Communications, 2011. Web. 17 April 2011. Myers, David. “Pain.” Psychology. 8th ed. 2007. Print. O’Hara, Dorene. Heal the Pain, Comfort the Spirit. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Press, 2002. Print. Richeimer, Steven. “Understanding Neuropathic Pain.” SpineUniverse.com. SpineUniverse, 2011. Web. 10 April 2011. “The Girl Who Can’t Feel Pain.” ABC News. ABC Good Morning America, 9 Dec 2005. Web. 11 April 2011. Vertosick, Frank. Why We Hurt. New York: Harcourt Inc., 2000. Print. “William Faulkner Quotes.” ThinkExist.com. ThinkExist, 2010. Web. 12 April 2011.
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