1. Rosa

    Hi Thabo,

    Wow! I had not realized that people would never feel pain when they get injured. That would have never crossed my mind. So basically it’s a condition very few people have which is Congenital insensitivity to pain. The story of Pete was almost so unbelievable because it’s hard to imagine someone walking about with a broken back.

    It sounds like people with this condition could still feel something in their bodies when they suffer a serious injury like discomfort. I can appreciate how important it is to feel pain even though I don’t like to feel pain but as a warning to us that we need to pay attention to what our brain is telling us. The video explained it very clearly.

    This is a very interesting post…thanks for sharing.

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Rosa,

      I,myself, was thrown for a loop when I first heard about congenital Insensitivity. The more I did  the research, the more I was convinced this story had to be told. I think most people, and I don’t blame them, think that living with out the ability to feel pain would be idyllic. However, living without the ability to feel pain means you have no warning system that, for example, would tell when you  are about to have a heart attack. I think that’s important to know. Feel free to contact me with any more questions that you may have.

  2. Robert

    Very interesting. I haven’t heard of pain insensitivity before. I suffer from chronic pain and initially it sounds like it would be great not feel pain. Are you aware of any remedies to relive chronic pain?

    In retrospect I understand why not feeling pain could cause a person to injury themselves much worse.

    I guess a person should be careful what they wish for. I’ve thought to myself many times “I just wish the pain would go away”. Thank-you for bringing this issue to our attention.

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Robert,

      My mother  suffers from chronic pain. So I have a deep understanding of the challenges  that daily pain poses to you. In fact, I created my website with the hope that I could bring both comfort and solutions to chronic pain sufferers. I wrote the post not in anyway to minimize what chronic pain sufferers go through, but more as   an exploration  of  what would happen if people felt no pain at all.

      But of course you do feel pain and are interested in finding ways to alleviate it. I would first start with an overview of a post I wrote that focussed on the many  options for treating chronic pain. You can then look at some individual options such as TENS therapy, physical therapy, back support cushions for your chair, Braces for your back. A standing  desk so you put less stress on your back. Essential oils for pain relief. Massage therapy, inversion therapy and so on.  Massage chairs are expensive but  people have found them effective. One can also get  a recliner especially  designed  for  give comfort and support.

      I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me should you have any more questions.

  3. Mitchelle

    This is another enlightening post up here!
    I have always thought an inability to feel pain only happens to people as a warning sign of leprosy. There I have heard the victims will start having a sense of numbness in their body causing them not to feel any slight sense of pain.
    But this one has just added to my knowledge. It’s really good to be here and this is worth sharing!

    • Hi Mitchelle,

      I think a lot of people are unaware of what life would be like if they couldn’t feel pain. As I said, pain is a reaction that tells the body that something is wrong with it. This allows you to exhibit the reflex so you can recoil from that boiling liquid that might peel your skin off your bones or stop you from chewing your own tongue. If you didn’t have the warning of pain, you wouldn’t even know that you’re breaking your bones until it was too late. When I heard of this condition, I just knew I had to write about it. I’m glad that you found it valuable and worth sharing.

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