Pain is an interesting phenomenon. It really exists only in the brain. Your muscles or organs have inflammation, stretching, pulling, etc., but it doesn't become pain until the sensation reaches the brain and is interpreted. Because of this, it's a very individual thing. Two people could have exactly the same physiological situation, yet one would say their pain is a 1 and the other an 8.
Pain is also easier to prevent than to relieve. That may be partly due to the mental/emotional component. If I'm anticipating pain, my brain and body release stress hormones that actually increase my feelings of pain and discomfort. That's why so many hospitals have gone to patient-controlled analgesia (the beloved PCA pump), because it gives us a feeling of control over when we get pain relief. I find that extremely comforting when I'm having surgery, to know I won't have to lie and wait for relief.
And yes, I love it when they say there's not much pain. I once had a new doctor who said right before my gyn exam "Just relax, this won't hurt." He caught me in just the wrong mood, and I sat up on the table and said "And how would you know? When was your last exam?" He sort of stuttered, and I said "Then don't tell me whether or not it will hurt. As it happens, it won't hurt me, but you have no way of knowing that!" He never made that mistake with me again - maybe never with any patient.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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