Some Reheads are More Sensitive to Pain

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    Study: Redheads' extra pain may cause fear of dentists


    By Madison Park
    CNN


    Huh? I didn't know that. Maybe that's why you rarely see redheaded boxers.:confused:
     
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    I have heard of this phenomenon but not seen any empirical evidence to back it up.

    But there are plenty of redhead boxers this side of the pond as it happens...
     
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    I had an infected tooth taken out last year and know how bad the pain is, but is only momentarily felt; gone after a few seconds.
     
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    Hmm...I'm not a redhead but I had a horrible root canal experience, and in general I've never coped with pain very well. My dentist sent me to a specialist who was supposedly so good that none of her patients ever had pain. Well, I in spite of the anesthesia and the fact that I was on Vicodin, I was in agony--if I could have screamed I would have. It was 3 hours of torture. Before and after the surgery the Vicodin barely took the edge off the pain, and I had to take it twice as often as I was supposed to.

    Now that I think about it, anesthetics wear off on me quickly. When I had my wisdom teeth extracted, I woke up before the procedure was over. And the one time the dentist tried to give me gas, it had no effect on me.

    Over-the-counter painkillers don't do much for me, either. They take the edge off, but they do not make the pain go away, even when I take larger and more frequent doses than recommended. But maybe it's the same for everyone.

    Maybe it's not just redheads but people with pale, freckled complexions? Scandinavians? Just a thought.

    (I will say, however, that every dentist I've been to since has admired my root canal as if it were a work of art, going as far as to call it 'beautiful." I will also say that when the assistant, Micky, realized how much pain I was in, she patted my shoulder gently and just gave me a little sympathy--it was all she could do, really, but I was grateful for it.)
     
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    I know a couple of redheads who had surgery and they had trouble putting them under. Definitely believe this to be true.
     
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