If you fear physical pain of a medical procedure, this blogpost tells types of pain and how to deal with it…
This will resonate with you. Especially if you have to go to a dentist. Yes, we are talking about pain. It is the reason why we put up with pain to not see a dentist or undergo any other procedure that is painful. The problem, however, is that once you put off pain, it comes back to bite you on your backside even more virulently.
The bad news first: There will be pain in many medical procedures.
The good news: Medical science is continually evolving. A visit to the dentist today is much more painless, quick and efficient than it was a decade ago .
Since we hate to sugarcoat anything, you need to know upfront that if you have to undergo a painful medical procedure, the anticipation of pain is often more painful. So, understand what it is and prepare yourself. The best way to fight pain is to relax, listen to music and understand what your condition means if left untreated.
Here’s a little secret: keeping your eyes open during a painful procedure actually reduces pain. Keep your eyes open and focus on something beautiful, like the doctor (if s/he is dishy) or something on similar lines.
Also, the earlier you treat a painful condition, the less pain you are going to feel later. If the toothache is mild, now is the time to visit the dentist.
Moving on, what are the most painful situations you may face? While there are some rare conditions which may be very painful, the most well-known ones are:
Childbirth: Labour pain is the barometer for all other pains. And in that regard, men are lucky. While having a baby has a tremendous upside, it is definitely painful.
Gallbladder attack: Sudden, intense pain that may last for 5-6 hours along with fever and vomiting could mean you have gallstones, which are actually cholesterol ‘balls’. Maintain a healthy diet and weight to escape this very painful state.
Burns: Very painful, and are very intense if the skin touched or stretched. During the treatment, cleaning of burnt skin is very painful.
Spine injury: Most people who sustain spinal cord injuries experience terrible phantom limb pain. This can affect the way you live day-to-day.
Kidney stone: Just like gallstones, extremely painful. Severe pain in the side and back, spreading to the lower abdomen and groin, plus nausea, vomiting and foul-smelling urine. Go see a doctor the moment you experience this. In any case, drink lots and lots of water.
Cluster headaches: Those who go through this condition that affect small percentage of the population (less than migraine) say it feels like a gunshot wound. Some women claim it is worse than childbirth. There is no real way of knowing, but it is an extremely painful condition. Unfortunately, there is no sure-shot treatment for this yet.
What you may have noticed in this list is that dental procedures like root canal have not made it to the list. Such dental procedures are painful too, but not as much as these conditions. So, go to your dentist with an open mind now.
Among dental procedures, these conditions are the most commonly recognised ones as painful:
- Dental implants
- Grafting techniques for receding gumline
- Dental fillings
- Root canals and crowns
Good news: What you should know here is that on a medical pain scale (1 to 10, where beyond 5 is considered very painful), a dental filling (even a serious condition) is around 3.
What is important is that you visit your physician at least once a year to get a complete check-up. This is a great way to prevent or treat health issues right at the onset. The less a doctor has to work on you, lesser pain you will feel. Always be open with your doctor, don’t hesitate to tell your doctor about what scares you and s/he will give you a perspective on the pain. This will allow you to handle pain better. Be well informed, always.