It is an expression widely used... 'I feel your pain'. But for one doctor, the saying is uttered with complete sincerity.
For Dr Joel Salinas, who works at Massachusetts General Hospital, is in a rare position - he can physically feel what his patients are going through.
The neurologist suffers the rare condition mirror-touch synesthesia, a condition which means he experiences the same sensations he observes others going through.
He told WBZ-TV: 'When I see people, I have the sensation of whatever touches their body on my own body.'
Dr Salinas first noticed the condition when he was a child. When he watched other people hugging, he said he would feel as though he was being hugged. And, while less pleasant, when he watched a person being hit, he felt their discomfort.
Though he escapes feeling a person's pain, Dr Salinas described the sensations as 'unsettling'.
Source - Daily Mail