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How can I tell if I sense pain as well as I should?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Take a needle and close your eyes. Rotate the needle so you don't know which is the blunt side and which is the sharp. Now lightly prick yourself on the foot and see if you can tell which side is which. If you can't, it means you may have lost some of the fast sensory fibers, the slow fibers, or both. This deficiency means that you need to get yourself to the doctor to determine the underlying cause, and prevent further loss of pain sensation.
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