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I certainly don’t think that “you were laying on your arm” is the cause of all pain in dreams. I also have a theory about my own dreams, at least. I only feel the pain that I’ve experienced in real life before. Ie: Being cut, stung, bit, stick with pins/needles. When I’m shot (something I’ve never experienced in real life) it just feels warm. Also broken bones. Never had one. I don’t feel anything. As for the theory that it’s a pain caused by position or something, I used to have a friend who cut herself (A LOT). I had many dreams about her cutting herself and then coming at me with the razor and cutting me also. As I tried to get away or stop her I was cut in multiple places around my body and let me tell you, IT HURT! Pretty sure that nothing was happening to my body in all of those spots in real life. I’ve also had a terrible reoccuring dream most my life about falling on pins or needles and having them all stuck in me. Now that HURT. What hurt more was PULLING THEM OUT. One by one. It’s torture. I hate that dream so much. It seems to me like those dreams are both linked to fear (fear of my friend getting me to cut too and fear of being stuck with pins). And the fact that they’re reoccuring also makes me think that they’re in no way linked to real life occurrences while I slept. Anyway , while I’ve had dreams that mirror something happening for real (noise, dry mouth, ect.), I don’t think that this is always the case. And I do think that what pain you feel could be linked to what pain you’ve experienced in life. 🙂
I don’t think it’s necessarily normal – that is, we who can feel pain in dreams are not in the majority.
Studies on people feeling pain in dreams showed that people with a higher risk of PTSD were more likely to transfer real life pain into dreams. This was in the footnotes of an article I read somewhere. This suggests to me that there might be a correlation – perhaps what triggers both is the ability to accurately recall pain. Most people don’t remember pain very well. We remember the effect – ‘I don’t like that’/‘that hurt’, but not the actual sensation.
It could also be related to empathy. When I see someone in pain, I feel it too in the same place unless I focus elsewhere. Feeling pain in dreams is somewhat similar, only I don’t know to block the feeling.
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Yes this is “normal” in the sense that it is possible, and while it’s not widely reported, it isn’t unheard of. It is a myth that you can’t feel pain in a dream (tv shows use a slap or a pinch to prove you’re awake). I’ve heard it said text in dreams is unreadable, also not always true, but usually. I’ve had dreams were every sense, even smell and touch, were vivid.
I assume you mean the pain was unrelated to your awake self. I have had pain in a dream unrelated to the “waking world” but not often…often enough to know it’s possible. Usually the dream pain stems from a sore muscle/bruise or other injury that causes constant pain and it certainly shows up in a dream
Blimey, lets just hope you nor any other human who feels pain in dreams, lets hope you lot don’t dream forever when you do, lets hope that the brain controls dreaming 100% and not the case of dreams being some otherworldly type shit, because otherwise, you lot are effed. Imagine feeling pain but forever? I think I would be ok because I don’t feel any pain at all, only slight sensation. For example, I touched an oven that was at 300°C and i didn’t even feel warmth, nothing was felt by me, only numb and slight tingling, but nothing more. I’ve been stabbed, shot many times in my dreams, and yet, I have felt absolutely nothing, once again, only numb and slight tingling sensation. I’m also super strong too, I think I may have unlimited powers, because I’m usually doing things I know I can’t possibly do in reality. I’m also not scared of anything nor anyone at all, kind of like in the waking world
Who says you can’t feel pain in dreams? Dreams are created in your brain, your brain is able to process vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, plus the other senses now understood to be part of our experience:
- Thermoception (temperature differences)
- Equilibrioception (balance)
- Proprioception (a sense of the position and movement of the parts of one’s own body)
- Interoceptive senses (sensations in internal organs)
- And yes, nociception (pain)
Since your brain is creating your dreams, your brain can add any sensation to your dreams.
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I suppose you can only feel as much as your mind is willing to imagine at that moment. For me, it’s very rare but it does happen, if not very dampened.
In my dreams, when I am cut, I’ll often feel the “coolness” of the cut. Other times, it’ll feel strangely blunt. And other times, yet again, I’ll actually feel a dull pain or itch at that location.
I’ve also felt a very realistic suffocation. But for all I know, I was actually not breathing in real life for some reason…
But if I think about it, if I try to imagine pain right now, it’s very difficult for me. I can imagine sights, sounds, feels, tastes, etc. with no problem, but pain is not something that comes easily to me. It very much mimics my struggle to feel pain in my dreams.
Vivid dreams that give you the impression that you are awake contain important warnings. The fact that you feel pain in the dream and even when you wake up you still have the impression that you are feeling the same way you felt while dreaming means that you are disregarding serious dangers.
These dreams are showing you that you should be afraid of the mistakes you are making when you are awake. They are alarms that are trying to protect your mental health and your life.
You should follow dream therapy according to the scientific method in order to understand the mistakes you are making and stop doing what works against you.
I remember 2 experiences where I felt pain in my dreams, I remember them so vividly even though the happened months ago, these are some of the only dreams I actually remember. I can explain every detail if you wanted me to, the first time I was stabbed 6 times in my left lower abdomen in a bathroom stall, the second time some sort of fragmentation bomb made from a glass jar blew up in front of me, the shrapnel hit the right side of my upper torso as well as my right shoulder. I felt the pain but it was so real that I have literally developed a fear of being stabbed. I can tell you that being stabbed sucks and hurts a lot (even though I only dreamed of it)
Everything in your dream is based on memory. External stimuli might trigger the memories. Other triggers are what your mind recalls that can be painful. And even if it has never experienced the painful event, can simulate the pain. If you were to fly in your dream, the mind simulates air rushing past your face, it will add any memory you might have ever felt in weightlessness. Doing a loop while your flying might be represented by feelings of a roller coaster or the feeling you get during a dive in the pool. Feelings that can assist the most realistic simulation. Everything you do is logged as memory, what you feel ,hear, smell, taste and see. Even conceptual knowledge. It can also be moved around to create any type of virtual reality.
Its only a dream, let it be; since the more you get obsessed with it, the more of that illusive pain you might start actually experiencing not because of your dream but more because of your enormous focus that is being devoted to the dreams.
And since you are remaining ever more curious and not being able to identify, which means it keeps on lingering and becoming more larger and bringing more of all else that you might not be able to figure out at all?
So you have to decide and define that what is in the dream is what you are going on expecting and focusing all the more.
As you resolve and put that in order; all that is thereby unfolding is ever more better since you are then realizing that you had been clinging onto it more than it beholding you.
So as you let go in a meaningful manner, you let grow the meaningful mannerisms..
You can blame that on our memories, in a way.
This pain that produced during our dreams will disappear once a person wakes up. It’s not common to experience these kinds of pain since our sensory pathways are mostly disconnected from cortical input (real world).
But since we know that A and B hurt, like having your hand crushed under a rock, it will hurt. It’s because we expect it to hurt based on previous experiences or even predicting that something will hurt
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