Woman feels pain for the first time ever! See how she reacted here!
Most people do not want to feel pain as they know how uncomfortable it is. However, a 39-year-old woman who had never felt pain in her life experienced pain for the first time and she seemed to enjoy it, according to CNBC.
The woman was born with a rare genetic anomaly. She is unable to feel physical pain because of the lack of Nav1.7 channels that are responsible for letting the nerves communicate and transmit pain signals to the brain.
A team of scientists treated the woman and let her feel the pain sensation for the first time. They used a drug called naxolene.
According to Drugs.com, naxolene is responsible for blocking the effects of opioid medication. It is also commonly used to cure a narcotic overdose in times of emergency.
After the naxolene administration, the scientists burned the woman using a laser. For the first time in 39 years of existence, she felt physical pain.
The USA Today reported that John Wood, one of the scientists and researchers, commented that he thinks that she quite enjoyed feeling pain for the first time.
The research is done not just for helping the woman feel pain, but to understand better how to help those people who are suffering from chronic pain. The researchers tried and succeeded in imitating the condition of the woman to their experimental mice with the use of the combination of opioids and Nav1.7 blockers. They are now preparing and hoping to conduct human trials in the year 2017.
The woman is hoping that the breakthrough will help scientists to find a cure for her rare genetic mutation and use this cure to treat her future babies - if they will be born with the same genetic anomaly.
There are risks for babies who do not feel pain. It is possible that they will chew their feet and hands without them noticing that there is something wrong. If they chew them non-stop, it is possible that they might bleed to death. That is why it is very important to always pay attention to babies with this kind of condition. To make things easier, it is just better to cure them with an effective drug.
However, despite the promising result of the research, an expert said that this potential cure might not be good for patients considering that they would need to consume these highly-addictive opioids for the rest of their life.