Pain and redheads research (serious)

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by sues1, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    Redheads Especially Anxious About Dental Work


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    By Gabrielle Linzer

    It may seem unlikely, but new research indicates that redheads suffer more physical pain that their blonde and brunette counterparts.

    A 2004 study published by the Outcomes Research Institute at the University at Louisville shows that redheads require up to 20 percent more anesthesia to be put out for procedures than blondes or brunettes and can be resistant to local anesthetics, like Novacaine. Anesthesia is used to control pain and sometimes control breathing, blood pressure, blood flow and heart rate and rhythm during surgery or other medical procedures. Since many dentists and health providers may have been previously unaware of these findings, redheads are often undertreated. This has caused redheads to experience more anxiety about dental procedures than other groups, and therefore be twice as likely to skip out on visits to the dentist, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association .

    A mutation in the gene that gives redheads their unique hair color and signature fair skin leads researchers to believe that redheads are more sensitive to pain. The gene, called the melanocortin-1 receptor, produces melanin in those with blonde, brown and black hair, but it produces pheomelanin in redheads after it has been mutated, according to The New York Times. The study explains that the mutated MC1R leads to an increased sensitivity to pain because the MC1R gene is part of a family of receptors that include pain receptors in the brain. Though the MC1R mutation can also occur in brunettes, it’s much less common.

    While the results of these studies aren’t especially comforting to redheads, they do put many longstanding questions to rest. Researcher and anesthesiologist Daniel I. Sessler, M.D. told The New York Times that he started studying redheads because “it was essentially an urban legend in the anesthesia community saying redheads were difficult to anesthetize.” The studies have proven that redheads might, in fact, need more anesthetic. This discovery will help doctors cater to the specialized needs of their redheaded patients and hopefully provide more comprehensive care.


    This will make redheads with Fibro wonder..............Blessings Susan
  2. jmq

    jmq New Member

    was born with very red hair ! My Mom, Aunt, cousins all redheads too....interesting!

    thanks Susan....how you doing?

    jmq