Congenital Insensitivity To Pain – People Who Can’t Feel Pain

CIPA - Congenital Insensitivity To PainCIPA or congenital insensitivity to pain is one of the rarest diseases in the world. A very rare condition and it is also known as congenital analgia. People diagnosed with this condition have their pain sensors turned off and they can’t feel any pain. The condition is extremely dangerous as these people are prone to danger not knowing the level of pain inflicted.

What caused the disorder? It is an unknown condition when the brain that recognizes the pain does not connect to the nerves that sense the pain. This unknown condition only happens to the pain sensors. People with CIPA have their other sensory areas completely checked and normal. Incredibly a rare disease, 35 people in the United States is diagnosed with CIPA. Sadly, people with CIPA has low survival rate and many doesn’t live that long to the age of 25 making the case a difficult case to study.

Pains are relatively a unique sense. It keeps us out of trouble, our body defense against harmful actions and not being able to feel pain is totally dangerous. Children especially will need to know how to sense this pain. We need to know what we should or shouldn’t do when we feel pain and we also know how not to cause pain to ourselves. Pain can help you to avoid danger and what causing this danger.

Anhidrosis, a condition of the body’s inability to sweat is found in people with CIPA. This condition can worsen the issue. With Anhidrosis, people with CIPA are not able to feel extreme temperature. Together with this and the body’s inability to sweat only means that their body is unable to regulate its temperature.

Proper attention should be made to the children with CIPA. They need to be watched more often than the normal children and may need regular checks to the doctor to see whether they are not suffering from anything that they may not be aware of. To make sure that nothing is bleeding or there’s an open cut, they should be constantly checked since they are unable to differentiate this pain from other feelings.

In a case involving CIPA, a little girl who was three years old burnt her skin from a hot oven. The little girl put her hand on the hot oven and smiling with her blood all over the kitchen. The parents who found her were shocked. It is also known that when this little girl began teething, she shredded her own lips too.

Another case in China showed a perfectly healthy 10 year old boy with a body temperature of 43 degrees. In another case in Iraq, a boy who is awake for more than 2 years without sleeping. There are many of other cases of children with CIPA condition.

Congenital insensitivity to pain is very serious. Few people with CIPA do not live to see age 25 because these people can’t feel pain. They may catch simple illness and unknowingly catching few other simple illnesses along the way but was unable to get proper treatments since they can’t feel this pain. Their body too was unable to tell them and that’s why CIPA is the rarest disease in the world with no cure yet.

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6 Responses

  1. dan says:

    oh my, i always though pain was terrible and i hated it but know im glad i have it! god bless those poor souls with that disease

  2. Lauren says:

    Thank you for this very insightful information. I feel quite sad for people with this disorder. It must be so hard to live with.

  3. Moira says:

    There sadly ARE no therapies for CIPA – none that make life any easier anyway. As with all of the “pain syndromes” that fall into the category of HSAN (Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy) treatments are always supportive – ie you treat what you see. Sufferers have to be checked over constantly and with CIPA, taught to only have cold showers and baths – and to look for steam in drinks before they taste them. The other syndromes have many other problems … but CIPA is the most well known because it is the one most written about when people search for congenital insensitivity to pain. There are several other similar disorders.

  4. asma says:

    hi, I’m writing a research paper about congenital insensitivity to pain. This information is very useful
    and I wonder if you can provide me with some more information about it.thank you so much.

  5. Luke says:

    I may addmit this is a horrible disease but there is also a use for those that can survive long enough to apply them, they may become great fighters or soldiers as well as spies that will not reveil harmfull information although it would be one item that citizens of the united states would compleatly and utterly oppose these people would be usfull, although they would have to volentier for it. as well as the possibility to keep them alive, it would be a very restricted and solitary type of lifestyle with checks daily but these people with this disease can be very usfull to this country (NOTE: this is mearly and ovservation not a suggestion, any whom think i would actually do this i am sorry you feel this way but i would not do this for any reason unless i was ordered to by the US science department.)

  6. David says:

    I wonder, if pro-choice activists say a fetus is not a human until it can feel pain, wouldn’t that same logic say that people with CIPA are not human? It makes no sense, but that is what the pro-choice position is saying. If it’s not the ability to feel pain that makes someone human, then what is it?

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