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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 120-123

Psychoneuroimmunological mechanisms in pain management and healing: Illustrative case series

1 Department of Paediatric Surgery, SAT Hospital, Government Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
2 Department of General Surgery, MKCG Medical College, Brahmapur, Orissa, India
3 Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Chandra Retnaswami Sadanandavalli
Faculty Block, Neurocentre, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_32_17

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Background: Phantom pains with no painful lesion, war wounds which are painless, and spiritual practices such as fire walking are examples of painful stimuli and pleasurable experience. Why frontal leukotomy reduces pain and not parietal lobe are questions indicating it is not the sensations that hurts. Aim and Settings: The aim of the study was to discuss the course of illness of a series of exceptional patients. Patients and Methods: Exceptional patients who astonishingly handled their pain and healed themselves are described. The first patient, a woodcutter, carried his bowel in a bag for 4months, the second patient had a large fungating tumor in breast, the third patient repaired his palatal cleft with paper and lived several years, and two swamijis who dissociated themselves from their malignancy. Results and Conclusions: The quality of life of these patients was excellent in spite of serious disorders which indicates “The doctor” within is the most powerful and cheapest healer.

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