Hallucinating Nociplastic Pain

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaPosterScientific


Despite the knowledge that neuroscience has created about chronic pain in the last forty years and the new chronic pain classification in 2019 (ICD-11), nociplastic pain is still an ordeal. Its difficulty lies in understanding its cause and the processes behind it. Central sensitisation of the nervous system is presumed to be the cause, but this is not easy to prove. Despite the efforts of the International Association for the Study of Pain and other institutions, chronic pain is still reduced to a biological process. This paper exposes the hypothesis of treating chronic pain as a perceptual phenomenon related to hallucination. This new approach can benefit the health system but especially accompany chronic pain bearers in understanding what is happening in their corporeality. By looking at nociplastic pain as an altered state of consciousness and not as a disability or a disease, the possibilities of treatments that have not been considered or have been considered marginally can open new perspectives. The paper is a creative exploration of the elements attached to chronic pain: 1. It presents the parts attached to the chronic pain experience from its bearer's standpoint, linking 4E cognition and the phenomenological lived body with the subject's existential crisis. 2. It introduces the treatments that are in use in the biomedical sector to present the dimensions tackled by this approach. 3. It explains the move from disease to an altered state of consciousness and its implications. In this section, the paper accumulates evidence on nociplastic pain that indicates the importance of consciousness studies. 4. Finally, the paper speculates the possible treatments that can help shift the understanding of nociplastic pain within society and the potential therapies it can derivate into. The methodology employed is diffractive analysis, combining critical posthumanism, consciousness studies, and pain studies and focusing on the processual, not the representational, as a transformative method of inquiry. The research reintegrates embodiment and materiality into the research process, escaping from the representational analysis. Process-oriented political ontology centred on life and Rosi Braidotti's ethics of joy and affirmative politics sustain the research. Chronic pains are a continuous process o becoming as chronic pain seems to bring awareness to one's life by taking possession of it. How can the bearer of chronic pain regain meaning? The multidimensionality of living in pain affects all the features of its bearer. How can current knowledge on nociplastic pain shape a speculation on contemporary subjectivation?
TilaJulkaistu - 20 toukok. 2023
OKM-julkaisutyyppiEi oikeutettu
TapahtumaThe Science of Consciousness - Congress Center, Taormina, Italia
Kesto: 22 toukok. 202327 toukok. 2023
Konferenssinumero: 29


ConferenceThe Science of Consciousness


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