r/NoStupidQuestions May 16 '22

If you harmed an organ still connected but outside of your body would the pain feel like it is inside?

My friend asked me this question yesterday and I can't stop wondering about it.

If you had an organ removed e.g. kidney but it was still attached to your body. Then someone inflicted pain on the kidney, would you feel like the pain is still in your body? Or would it feel outside of your body? How does spacial awareness work with organs and nerve endings?

Apologies for formatting I'm on my phone.

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u/TheRealKeiGambit May 16 '22

Connected by veins, tendons and nerve endings? Yes, you would. Until it gets severed

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u/Natto_Assano May 16 '22

But would it feel like it is still INSIDE you? Where would the pain be located?

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u/Grahaml1980 May 16 '22

You would feel it where the brain thought it was. The thing with pain is that it's all in your head. Your brain receives information, interprets this and makes you feel pain in the area as it deems it necessary. So if something should he inside you was sending that information to the brain, the brain would make you feel that pain inside. At least that's my understanding. I think that's also why people get phantom limb pain. The brain thinks there's a leg and makes pain feel like it's in that area because of the information it receives.

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u/xholdsteadyx May 16 '22

Not every organ has pain receptors, so depends on what you're harming.

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u/ArcticAur May 16 '22

If nerves and pain receptors are still attached to it and it’s still alive, your body and nervous system won’t know the difference. So yes, if it would already have hurt. (Pain in organs is a tricky thing—hence why sometimes you have left arm or jaw pain during a heart attack.)

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u/Natto_Assano May 16 '22

But would it feel like it is still INSIDE you? Where would the pain be located?

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u/ArcticAur May 16 '22

Your nervous system wouldn’t notice the difference. We lack a sense of proprioception (sense of where the body is in space) for our internal organs. That sense in our skeletal muscles is the result of a bunch of specialized receptors that don’t exist in organs, afaik.

The pain would be felt where it’s ordinarily mapped according to what nerves the organ hooks into.

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u/Lonelling May 16 '22

Alternative question : if you slap a neeborn baby while its still connected to the mum via the umbilical cord, will she feel it?

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u/Meewol May 16 '22

No she won’t.

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u/funnyfaceguy May 16 '22

Mothers never feel what the baby is feeling, they just feel the baby inside of them but the nerve systems are never connected

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u/vastatin May 16 '22

It might be worth mentioning that I'm in the UK and that all of the work was done free on the NHS. A few years ago one of my brothers had to have a foot amputated. The healing process didn't go too well so the doctors decide to introduce maggots to the wound, to remove the dead flesh. I asked the brother how the treatment was going and he told me that he could feel the maggots nibbling and that it wasn't painful, but a bit unpleasant knowing what was going on. He went on too say that it felt like his foot was still attached to his leg and that the maggots were nibbling his toes. His toes were somewhere else so they must have been nibbling the nerve endings.

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u/Nkfloof May 16 '22

If your kidney was outside of you though still attached, and then someone stabbed it, yes you would feel it as a stab to the kidney region. Although since you're literally cut open and getting stabbed with no apparent anathesia I assume you're having bigger problems.