Woman Who Feels No Pain

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Jo Cameron is woman born with a genetic mutation that enables her to feel no pain. She also rarely feels afraid or anxious. It wasn’t until she was sixty-five that she realized she was different after undergoing surgery. She lives in Ireland and is now seventy-one years old. Ms. Cameron is one of the two people in the world to have been diagnosed with this extremely rare genetic mutation. When looking through her medical history, she has never needed pain relievers but says, “Looking back, I realize I hadn’t needed painkillers, but if you don’t need them you don’t question why you don’t” (BBC News). She had a major surgery on her hand and told doctors she would not need pain medication afterward, and they were baffled. This wasn’t normal to her or doctors, but it was quite enjoyable, she comments. Jo notes, “I had no idea until a few years ago that there was anything that unusual about how little pain I feel – I just thought it was normal” (Sky News). She had nothing to compare it to as she can’t truly know how others feel pain, and she wouldn’t know how intense pain should be if she had never felt it.

Pain is a necessary thing; it is a part of the human condition. Jo Cameron stated, “It would be nice to have warning when something’s wrong – I didn’t know my hip was gone until it was really gone, I physically couldn’t walk with my arthritis.” (BBC News). She went through several painful experiences like surgery, broken bones, and even childbirth. In an interview, “she reported numerous burns and cuts without pain, often smelling her burning flesh before noticing any injury, and that these wounds healed quickly with little or no residual scar,” (ABC News). Her genes may also help her heal more quickly than those without the mutation, as well as provide some other “benefits” for Jo Cameron.

This discovery in the mutation may be very helpful to researches and doctors in the future. Ms. Cameron’s genes can help researches gather more information on what role genes play in dealing with pain. James Cox, a vital part in the researching says, “We hope that with time, our findings might contribute to clinical research for post-operative pain and anxiety, and potentially chronic pain, PTSD and wound healing, perhaps involving gene therapy techniques” (ABC News). Researches may be able to invent a pain reliever more advanced and more effective in soothing pain. Jo Cameron has done many tests and continues to work with doctors and researches to hopefully advance medicine as we know it today.

 

 

Sources: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-47719718

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-28/scientists-discover-genetic-mutation-that-blocks-pain/10950380

https://news.sky.com/story/genetic-mutation-means-jo-cameron-71-never-feels-pain-or-anxiety-11676992

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