A pain-free life? It is possible. For nearly 100 years, scientists have been documenting patients who never experience physical pain and have finally found a genetic mutation that might be the reason.
A 71-year-old Scottish woman, Jo Cameron, has never experienced the pain of childbirth, burning her hand or even cutting herself. Sensations and stretching and changes to her body, but no pain.
In her New York Times article, Heather Murphy writes, “Scientists believe they now understand why. In a paper published Thursday in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, researchers attributed Ms. Cameron’s virtually pain-free life to a mutation in a previously unidentified gene. The hope, they say, is that the finding could eventually contribute to the development of novel pain treatment.”
FAAH-OUT: Everyone has this gene. But, Dr. James Cox, author of the paper and senior lecturer at University College London’s Molecular Nociception Group, states that in Ms. Cameron’s case, the front of the gene has been deleted.
This finding could be the start of a new method of pain relief – only time will tell.1
For Those Who Experience Pain
Anyone with acute or chronic pain, depending on the severity of it, is generally willing to do almost anything for relief. In fact, the prevalence of chronic pain in our society is about 27% of the population – the financial implications and discomfort can be quite burdensome.2
But many options are not good long-term solutions. For example, long-term use of ibuprofen can increase the risk of stomach ulcers, kidney failure, and stroke. Usage of acetaminophen for long periods of time can increase the risks of heart attacks, impaired kidney function and bleeding in the digestive system.
And the current opioid crisis speaks volumes in terms of addiction challenges with the heavier duty line of pain management drugs.
Curse Your Pain
There is actually a study that has been done by Dr. Richard Stevens and his researchers at Keele University in England linking the use of expletives as a tool for advanced pain tolerance.
When 64-study participants were asked to hold their hands in ice-cold water, those who repeated their favorite choice of curse words were able to keep their hands for two minutes compared to one minute and 15 seconds while they repeated a neutral word instead.
Swearing might put us in a more pain tolerant machismo state while downplaying being hurt. The scientists believe there is a link between swearing and the physiology of fight or flight response – when swearing, the heart rate goes up and mimics more aggressive behavior. Note: for this practice to be the most effective, one should avoid cursing as much as possible on a daily basis to keep the words emotionally charged.3
MeRT℠ May Help With an Advanced Use of rTMS
A study done of rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation) and pain management concludes, “The use of rTMS improves the efficacy of conventional medical treatment in chronic pain patients. This treatment is not associated with any direct adverse effects.” To read the whole study, click here.
MeRT℠ offers the potential of individualized pain relief. The difference between MeRT℠ and TMS is the application of a variable treatment frequency to precisely target the individual’s current brain wave patterns.
MeRT℠ uses three FDA-approved technologies: Quantitative EEG Analysis, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and the EKG analysis of an individual patient’s heart rate. These technologies are married through the intrinsic harmonic relationship between the primary synchronizer of the brain, the alpha rhythm, and the heart rate.
The resultant frequency and coil location generated by MeRT℠ provides an extremely precise and highly individualized treatment protocol. The importance of the individualized frequency and localization generated by MeRT℠ cannot be overstated.
MeRT℠ is a treatment protocol that is non-invasive, essentially pain-free and with minimal or no side effects and allows you to return immediately to normal everyday activity.
Brain Health Restoration clinic offers Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT℠), a fully customized treatment protocol with an expected benefit of reduced pain. To find out more or to see how MeRT℠ might help you please contact us here.
1Murphy, Heather. “At 71, She’s Never Felt Pain or Anxiety. Now Scientists Know Why.” 28 March 2019. The New York Times. nytimes.com/2019/03/28/health/woman-pain-anxiety.html
2Goudra, Basanavana; Shah, Dipal; Balu, Ganesh; Gouda, Gowri; Balu, Alan; Singh, Preet Mohinder. “Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Chronic Pain: A Meta-analysis.” July-Sept 2017. NCBI. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5594801/
3“Swearing Helps to Reduce Pain, “ 13 July 2009. BBC News. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8147170.stm