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    I read everything as far as I know but I got sidetracked at least a few times so if someone has already mentioned this...

    I assume a lot of chronic pain is caused by injuries and therefore not related to anything genetic. But if there are genetic reasons for chronic pain I can see two main reasons why so many people would suffer from it.

    Firstly nowadays people can often be treated for conditions that may have been fatal way back when. Essentially, modern technology has allowed humans to circumvent nature killing off the weak and sick because the weak and sick can now be cured or managed so that they can enjoy an otherwise normal life.

    Secondly the pain might not be severe enough (at least earlier on in life) that it would avoid the sufferer from having children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pancreas View Post
    Firstly nowadays people can often be treated for conditions that may have been fatal way back when. Essentially, modern technology has allowed humans to circumvent nature killing off the weak and sick because the weak and sick can now be cured or managed so that they can enjoy an otherwise normal life.
    This is what I was going to say. Medical science has essentially prevented natural selection from doing its job. Just another reason why I believe that medical science is a miracle on a personal level but a mixed blessing at best for the human species overall.

    As far as what purpose chronic pain has, I'd say it doesn't have any purpose. It seems to me it just means that the pain-causing mechanism is part of what's broken. A civil defense siren is there as a warning too, but if it malfunctions and goes off in error, it doesn't mean there's an emergency, it just means the siren is broken.
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    it's a way of communicating between our nerves and our brain; stimuli cause nerve cells to react and send waves to the brain, as a response, so nothing distrupts the supposed equillibrium of the body.
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    Normally pain has two functions:

    1) to warn you to get away from what is causing harm, and in order to do so, the body will, after the initial pain signal, actually lessen the pain, so you can run or flee from said situation

    2) Once you're in safety, your body will actually increase the pain significantly, in order to force you to be careful with the part that was hurt, so it can heal properly.

    Chronic pain is no different, I would imagine, except that it means your body is incapable of healing itself. Backpain for instance, is a reminder not to be in that position, or do that movement, as it can potentially harm your body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    . . . so that the sadists and masochists will have something to do!?
    What about sadomasochists?

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    The purpose of pain. I actually asked a person I know some time ago about this topic. What he said was simple: "The pain reminds me that I am still alive".

    Quite a sad thing to say and I really think he should rather make something out of his life if he has such odd (but somehow logical) reasons to inflict pain on himself. But some people are just very desperate. Most of them think they already tried everything possible and that this is the only thing left to do.
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    Re: the inquiry of the OP:
    This assumes that chronic pain is a naturally occuring phenomenon with a high level of frequency occuring within a normal population. I can't buy this premise without some justification. Once justified, only then can we question why evolution didn't select against it.

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    Could it be "chronic" psychosomatic pain associated with anxiety, depression, etc?... It's not just the mind that hurts from it.
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    Chronic pain helps us to appreciate death, otherwise we would want to live forever and we would all be insane.

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    ^ I don't know about that...

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