I have long thought I cannot experience pain in dreams, but multiple dreams over the years have proved otherwise. Mind you: in lucid dreams, I have never ever experienced pain to any degree (despite very focused attempts and experimentation), and am thankful to my brain for providing this immunity in LDs by default . So, the remainder of this post is about normal dreams.
Last night in an ND, my right hand was repeatedly bitten by a small but evil dog, and it actually hurt me even upon waking up. It turns out that in real life, my hand was likely stuck in a bad position for a while and upon releasing it, nerves were firing randomly. You might know this sensation because it’s similar to when you hit your elbow at just the wrong spot.
Nevertheless, I really dislike undergoing pain or tickling sensations in dreams since they are sometimes used as “torture” against me (such as the aggressive dog) in nightmares. I would like to go deeper into these seemingly ordinary events and investigate the cause and possible remedies. I cannot clearly remember if every instance where I have experienced pain before has always corresponded to a logical real life explanation, e.g. body part in a bad position. I personally believe that dream-pain is always accompanied by real life counterparts, otherwise I could not really explain my pain immunity in LDs (or many NDs for that matter). Does anyone have experience on this, e.g. experiencing distress in your dreams while being just fine IRL? Any related stories and suggestions are welcome.
EDIT: few studies exist on this subject, but I found this interesting sentence in Pain Dreams and Dream Emotions in Patients with Chronic Back Pain and Healthy Controls:
This seems to support a correlation between body signals felt in the dreaming world and waking life.