Rare condition means neurologist feels patients’ pain
Most people would consider the words I feel your pain as a sympathetic turn of phrase. But for US neurologist Dr Joel Salinas, the pain is real.
Dr Salinas has a rare condition known as mirror-touch synaesthesia, where he feels everything that people around him physically feel.
“For example, if I were to see someone touch your cheek I would simultaneously, involuntarily, and vividly experience the same sensation of being touched on my own cheek,” Dr Salinas writes in a Q&A on popular internet forum Reddit.
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