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    ‘Self-Touch’ May Reduce Pain, Study Finds

    By Randy Dotinga
    HealthDay Reporter

    FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) — You burn your hand on a hot stove. You grab that hand with the other, and sometimes the pain goes away. Ever wonder why?

    British researchers did, and their unusual study suggests that you can reset your brain’s image of your body to help eliminate that pain.

    The researchers found that they were able to significantly decrease the levels of pain in the hands of people who thought they were experiencing extreme heat. Their method: they told the participants to touch three fingers on one hand to three fingers on the other.

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  • #2
    Very interesting. I know there's an "old" remedy for a burn on a finger --- and that is putting the finger on an ear lobe --- maybe that's not as silly as I thought.

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    • #3
      Very interesting. Gives me a better idea of how the brain works with pain. Sometimes I think my brain overreacts when it comes to pain.
      Clark College Junior, wanting to go to UW for Fine Art Degree
      Major: Fine Art
      Taking a course in medical transcription, must work from home
      IC diagnosed 07/07
      PFD developed sometime during late 07
      Uterine Cyst removed 12/09
      Chronic Pelvic pain developed in 09
      Chronic Back Pain developed in 09
      Possible vulvodynia

      Medications: Elmiron, Detrol LA, BC, Prosed DS, Celexa for anxiety, depression, and pain,
      No longer taking: Atarax (No help),Amytriptalene (no effect, became suicidal), Ditropan (no effect), Probiotics (sick to stomach), Bactrim (hopefully cleared up my UTI!), avoiding Pyridium unless absolutely needed (sick to stomach), Prozac (helped anxiety, no pain relief), Pamelor (gained nearly 20 lbs in a short time, no anxiety relief), Valium, Vicodin, percocet (none of these meds even touch my pain >_<)

      Current Therapies: acupuncture, heat, Vicodin if needed, lots of laying down, gaming as a distraction, Pain Management classes started 9/22, Wanting to try TENS therapy


      • #4
        I believe it. Sometimes when I am really hurting my boyfriend will put his hand on my bladder area and imagine it relaxing and feeling better. It actually helps every time and helps me go to sleep. I even find my own hand helps a bit as well!


        • #5
          This is all very interesting! Does anyone remember the "gate" theory of pain control? Apparently when we are injured, a little floodgate partially opens in the area to allow neurotransmitters to come in bringing pain relief. If we bump our elbow, for example, this little gate opens up partially to allow some pain relieving transmitters in to target those receptor sites.
          When we do bump our elbow, the first thing we do is rub that elbow hard. This creates even MORE pain sensation briefly to allow those gates to open more fully and allow more pain-relief to rush through the gates.
          This was an attempt to paraphrase, because it's been years since I took anatomy and physiology, but this is my basic understanding. I've wondered if that's how tens units work.
          Thanks for the information, Jill! Those of us with IC are open to ANY information that could lead to better understanding of pain and how to control it. : )
          (formerly DonnaRenee1)

          Diagnoses: IC, fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis, connective tissue disease, reynaud's, APS, (the lupus anticoagulant, also known as "sticky blood syndrome")
          Meds: low molecular weight heparins, synthroid, methadone for pain, tizanidine, cymbalta, pyridium plus, urelle, phenergan for nausea, ambien, lisinopril, norvasc, plaqenuil for arthritis, and over the counter Prelief
          Treatments: DMSO, occasional hydrodistentions, hot baths, strategically placed heating pads and ice packs, TENS unit, and everything from pity parties to prayer.
          I have lots of support from my family. My husband and my parents are amazing! I have a wonderful daughter who also has IC, and she has given me 2 precious granddaughters. They are my heart and soul! Thank you God for my family!