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An unpleasant feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli.

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Do the recent changes in US drug policy correlate with an increase in people moving from prescribed opioids to heroin?

I was reading about the price of heroin on The Recovery Village and they say: Heroin pricing varies a lot depending on the region where it’s sold, and as drug cartels have seen people become ...
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Can a person submerge their hands in hot frying oil without adverse effects?

I've seen numerous videos claiming to show this without blistering effects, cringing pain, or skin burns as if it was a unique skill and not just trickery -- something anyone can do with practice, ...
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Could pain through stretching increase general pain tolerance?

I found a how-to guide (not exactly a reliable source, I know) that claims that e.g. stretching your legs to the point of pain to increase flexibility also increases your general tolerance to pain: ...
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Are there animals that cannot feel pain? [closed]

A thing I've often wondered is whether or not certain animals are immune to pain. I've often read about Naked Mole Rats being unable to feel pain. Also I thought about other animals like Jellyfish ...
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Evidence that girls/women feel pain greater than boys/men? [duplicate]

I found this article that says males and females feel pain "differently", but doesn't suggest one necessarily feels "more" pain from the same impacted force/stimuli: http://healthyliving.msn.com/...
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Do fish feel pain?

As a small kid, I was told that fish don't feel any pain when they bite into a fishing hook. I'm not sure if this was just something made up so I didn't feel sorry for the fishies. It appears that ...
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Did Dave Elman contribute to an open heart surgery with hypnosis as the only anesthetic?

Colonel H.L. Elman (Dave's son): Among my father's many accomplishments, one that I treasure is the story of the man who was too weak for ANY of the many kinds of anesthesia drugs available in the ...
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Was the Mayo clinic one of the safest due to hypnotic anaesthesia in its early days?

The prestigious Mayo Clinic resulted from the results of hypnotic anesthesia trance. A nurse named “Alice Magaw” was the nurse-anesthetist who assisted at all of the Mayo Brothers surgical procedures. ...
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Can headaches be relieved by massaging pressure points in the hands and feet?

There are a number of sites that claim that massaging a point in the webbing between thumb and index finger can relieve headaches. Livestrong.com: One pressure point that may help relieve your ...
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Do red-headed people feel pain differently?

There is a long-standing belief among anaesthsetists that people with red hair need more anaesthetic. There even appears to be some evidence. to back up this widely held idea. Recently, though, a ...
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Instant, painless amputation via high-pressure steam

Several years ago, a friend of mine who had a long career as a commercial/industrial plumber related an anecdote about a colleague who was working at a power plant. He was in the vicinity of a high-...
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Does plucking the feathers from live and conscious birds cause them pain?

From: http://www.peta.org/issues/Animals-Used-for-Clothing/down-and-silk-birds-and-insects-exploited-for-fabric.aspx Plucking birds causes them considerable pain and distress. Is there any truth ...
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Is the “dancing squid” odori-don dead?

In these videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug6pVj0Lq9w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzj95jHuPiw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqphVlp2VJI (shows what I think is the brain) Soy sauce is ...
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Can you tell if you're dreaming by pinching yourself?

Just yesterday I read how Tyrion tries to figure out if he's sleeping by pinching himself. And this seems to be a commonly held truth which often comes back in tales. But I'm not so certain. So can ...
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Does reducing pain medication decrease healing time?

Can taking less pain medication (i.e. Vicodin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, etc) reduce the amount of time it takes an injury or surgery to heal? I heard this one a few times now. One was through a ...
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Is pain tolerance lower in the morning?

Being a night owl, I was joking around with a friend of mine that dentists like to schedule morning sessions to kick up a notch on the torture factor. However, someone mentioned that pain tolerances ...
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Does rubbing a dock leaf on a sting from a stinging nettle help to reduce pain?

I was always told this as a kid, and have been told it again recently. I'm skeptical, do they actually have any medicinal properties?
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Do either men or women have higher pain tolerance than the other?

Traditional folklore suggests women have a higher pain tolerance than men. I have seen a few sites suggesting otherwise. Naturally, plenty of anecdotal accounts of wussy men or women get tossed around ...
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Is it impossible for a human to feel pain in a dream?

I am absolutely sure that humans can feel emotions in a dream. I've experienced some of the strongest anxiety in my life during nightmares. Sometimes the emotions were strong enough to persist in the ...
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What are the plausible ways in which acupuncture might work for minor pains? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any evidence for acupuncture being an effective treatment? I sometimes have back pain and some numbness / pain in one leg. They're nothing to worry about and I ...
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Are lethal injections painless?

It is often claimed that lethal injections are a painless and humane method of applying the death penalty. Do lethal injections result in either no, or minimal, pain?
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Is “Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation” (TENS) effective?

I have recently become aware of TENS, but have yet to find any definitive evidence it is either a legitimate treatment or a full-blown pseudo-science. The closest was this BBC article: Some of the ...