Is there a maximum threshold of pain a Human can experience, beyond which point there is no noticeable difference?

I ask this question in part to better understand the definition of pain and its different facets, e.g. Is there a quantitative measure of pain? Are there various types of pain, or are they all part of the same fundamental experience?

It would also be interesting to know since I could perhaps be allowed to claim:

"well at least I know I cannot feel more pain than X"

Thank you for your opinions.

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    $\begingroup$ it only goes to 10. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pain_scale ha ha just a little levity $\endgroup$
    – shigeta
    Nov 29, 2013 at 19:08
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    $\begingroup$ "But this one goes to 11!" $\endgroup$
    – MattDMo
    Nov 29, 2013 at 19:13
  • $\begingroup$ Haha! Interesting how many scales there are, cheers $\endgroup$ Nov 29, 2013 at 19:22

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When the pain receptors are fully loaded then it's not possible to excite these receptor greater. However the perception of pain has a large psychological component and is not well understood. Your brain could modulate your perception of pain naturally or due to illness.


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