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Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we feel pain?

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – Pain is unpleasant, but we need it for survival. Just the other day I was out exploring when I stubbed my paw and let out a big meow. My nervous system was doing its job.

Pain is actually the number one reason people see a doctor, said my friend Raymond Quock. He’s a scientist here at Washington State University who is really curious about pain.

“Pain in many aspects is good,” he said. “It’s a warning that your body is in danger.”

Most humans can feel pain, but not all humans, he said. Because of genetics or nerve injury, some people can’t feel pain.

Read all of this answer from Dr. Universe at https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/2016/08/15/pain-why-do-we-feel-it/.

 

A service of Washington State University, Ask Dr. Universe answers some of the most interesting, tough and smart questions from curious kids all around the world.

 

 

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