DR. Joel Salinas Suffers from Synaesthesia, Feels Pain of his Patients


Published Date : Apr 04, 2018

For Dr. Joel Salinas, music makes hues, numbers have identities and someone else's torment feels relatively like his own. He felt that was the means by which everybody encountered the world - until the point when he went to restorative school. Joel Salinas surges in to the hospital’s washroom and hurls until he's dry heaving. Washing his face, the third-year medicinal student gazes at his pale appearance in the mirror and wills himself to live. He doesn't know it yet, but Salinas has a condition known as mirror-touch synaesthesia. Whenever he sees somebody encounter pain, or even the feeling of touch, his brain reproduces the sensations in his own body. What's more, on this day in 2008 he had quite recently watched somebody die.

Past Memories and His Reaction to Them

"Somebody had a heart failure and it totally caught me off guard," he says. "I had no physical sensations. It was so frightful." he says. He ran away to the washroom where he assured himself he wasn't dead - and made sure he wouldn't give himself a chance to be affected so deeply ever again. Synaesthesia is a condition where one or more than one senses of yours is blended with the other instead of experiencing separately. A few people see taste when they hear music while others encounter colors when they take a gander at numbers or letters. Salinas has early recollections of the condition, for example, the bell ringing in blue and yellow at his elementary school in Florida.