Why do doctors usually say there might be some pressure/discomfort before doing something that’s going to hurt real bad?

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Why do they tend to downplay it so much most of the time? Do they truly not think it will be painful? Or is there some other reason for that?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Downplaying the pain that’s going to be felt can be an effective way to control the fear around procedure so it can be done. For example, if that doc told me what he was going to do by resetting my broken arm, I probably would have booked it from his office and just let it heal wrong before he ever had a chance to do anything

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It normally assuages the imminent reaction to the pending hurt, for some the existing trepidation will override the doctors statement, while for others the epithet will mitigate the experienced pain.

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When you’re numbed, you don’t feel the pain, but you feel *something*. It’s a palpable feeling that could be described as “pressure.” If a doctor is telling you that, that’s why. If pain is expected, they should be telling you that too. The dentist says you’ll feel “a pinch” when getting the novacain, etc

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I assume it’s because if you know it’s coming you will prepare yourself slightly more than freak out if nothing is said.

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Pain is subjective, what hurts you might be mild discomfort to someone else. But ultimately they aren’t trying to communicate the amount of pain you’ll be in, more that pain is to be expected

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We don’t know how it will feel. We know patients sometimes feel nothing, and sometimes it feels like Satan just shoved a pitchfork in their side with certain maneuvers.To diagnose, we need rule conditions in/out. If you react with pain, then in makes it more likely something, while if you don’t react with pain, that means that it is less likely (or vice versa). If we think something is likely, we still need to do the maneuvers.Saying “discomfort” is a fair warning that we don’t know if you will feel anything, but if we are thinking its a suspected condition and it is it, then it might hurt. We also note the pain, grimacing, etc. Try to lay off if it’s severe.