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Question: Tourette's Syndrome - feeling electrical impulses

 AmityClaire - Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:45 pm

I have a friend who has Tourette's Syndrome, so his nervous system is messed up to begin with. However, he claims that his brain makes other people's bodies an extension of his own so that if he touches someone he can actually feel the electrical impulses in their body. He says he can feel it if they're experiencing pain, particularly. Is this possible?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Mon May 18, 2009 9:31 pm

User avatar Hi there --

There are reports of this phenomenon in the literature, and as you can imagine they are at best very controversial. There may not be any clinical way to quantify, prove or disprove these reports by your friend, but just based on my own limited exposure to similar patients I do believe, as do doctors with whom I've discussed this, there is something going on, but as you can imagine there's little to go on in the way of explanation, and those doctors would rather not even be quoted because of the extremely esoteric nature of the reports and the widespread skepticism about these things. Hopefully this is something that doesn't bother your friend so much as perhaps add something to his "reading" of people. And of course it could be a strictly internal phenomenon anyway, just to play the devil's advocate as well.

Hope this is somewhat helpful. Good luck to you both.

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