Is it true that pain is pain is pain?


This is not true. Sensing pain is subjective so it is highly variable amongst individuals. There is also a clear difference between how men and and women experience pain. Recent research has shown that male and female [mice!] differ in the neural pathways to sensing pain. Male mice that lack testosterone experience the ‘female’ path, and females that lack T cells (special cells involved in the usual female pain transmission path) or are pregnant switch to the pathway seen in male mice. More research is underway to understand this better. [11] 

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Jennifer Vander Zalm

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