7. The brain can be fooled into feeling pain in prosthetic limbs. This sensation comes from the brain’s perception of what the body is as a whole, meaning that after amputation, patients sometimes feel pain from a prosthetic or “phantom” limb.
8. A person’s capacity to differentiate right from left can change when you experience pain. Severe pain can affect the networks in the brain that determine left and right. Sense of direction can be affected when you experience pain because the map the brain creates between the tissue and itself becomes smudged.
9. It is impossible to know if you have a high pain threshold or not. Although people can claim to have a high pain barrier, there is no scientific method to prove this. There is equipment to measure how much force a person can resist before feeling pain, you can’t determine what the pain feels like.
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