Sense of Pain and Pleasure

​Congential insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis, a rare genetic disorder that makes one unable to feel pain, physical pain. CIPS disrupts the signals to the brain from small nerve fibers. This means that our sense of pain is all in our brain. Disrupting the signal would be deadly is it were something we could control voluntarily. 

For every one time pain annoys you, there are about a hundred times it saves you from disfiguring yourself.”

For some people without the disorder, this signal can be controlled to a certain extent. It takes extremely powerful mental ability and practice. When I was pregnant I knew I would get a c-section, no doubt in my mind because I am a big baby. A few months into the pregnancy I started to learn about how people that had natural birthing experiences actually enjoyed being able to birth their babies on their own and have more control over the whole thing. Turns out this is better for the baby as well. So I looked into it and what some of the women were practicing was called hypnobirthing with little to no pain. Throughout the pregnancy they meditated and visualized the birth, I was a skeptic until I started watching natural birthing videos, and how calm and relaxed they were. As I researched more on the topic I came across hypnotism as an alternative to anesthesia for people allergic to anestetics during surgery, conveniently named hypnosurgery. My mind was blown to say the least and so I began to practice meditation. If it was possible I was at least going to try.

“The human body is an amazing entity – it has the ability to dull pain with the help of its own analgesics or anesthetics – endorphins. But the rate of release of endorphins is something that the brain regulates. Pain – perceived as negative emotion – actually increases fear and anxiety and decreases endorphin release.

Also with the expectation of pain comes stress, which releases Cortisol – and this stress hormone actually heightens the perception of pain!

But when you look at this root cause, you realize that the key lies in manipulating your thoughts and beliefs so that you can not only block out the pain, but also allow your body to handle it better. In fact, you can actually do that without injecting potentially harmful foreign substances like anesthetics and analgesics into your body. And filling up this huge gap in healthcare is what Hypno-Surgery managed to do.”

 My birthing experience was in no way painless, but somehow I was able to control my threshold for pain and keep it at a manageable amount for the entire birth and I was able to do it naturally which was not even possible in my mind just 9 months earlier.

The human body is an amazing entity – it has the ability to dull pain with the help of its own analgesics or anesthetics – endorphins. But the rate of release of endorphins is something that the brain regulates. Pain – perceived as negative emotion – actually increases fear and anxiety and decreases endorphin release.

Also with the expectation of pain comes stress, which releases Cortisol – and this stress hormone actually heightens the perception of pain.

But when you look at this root cause, you realize that the key lies in manipulating your thoughts and beliefs so that you can not only block out the pain, but also allow your body to handle it better. In fact, you can actually do that without injecting potentially harmful foreign substances like anesthetics and analgesics into your body. And filling up this huge gap in healthcare is what Hypno-Surgery managed to do.”

Sense of Pleasure is much harder to get a grip on…

So if pleasure is basically a release of endorphins and other hormones, where is the on and off switch and can it be controlled?

Our sense of pleasure is subject to our likes and dislikes, the endorphin hormone can be produced by extended periods of excersise, called runners high, pleasure, certain foods and so on. Endorphons inhibit other nerons from firing, that’s whey they are called natural pain killers. Humans are pleasure seeking organisms to put it bluntly, but we can’t experience pleasure all of the time because without pain we wouldn’t  know what pleasure even was.

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