On Thu, 8 Nov 2018 16:59:46 -0800 (PST), Robert Carnegie
Post by Robert Carnegie
Well, my take on placebo for pain is that pain is a perception,
and it's reasonable that that perception can be affected by
persuasion. (Having said that, I have felt pain, in case you
I'm frequently able to manipulate the pain of my sciatica.
I was somewhat worried when I went into the tube for my MRI because,
at that time, lying on my back for any length of time caused extreme
pain in my leg. When I felt the leg thinking about starting to wind
up, I concentrated on the pain in my shoulder caused by the magnets
jerking the wire in my clavicle around. This pain didn't bother me
because I knew that it was entirely imaginary -- they were looking at
my other end, to find out why my leg hurt -- and the pain in my leg,
denied an audience, never developed.
It helped that the relays in the machine were playing a drum solo, and
trying to figure out what occasioned each kind of chunkachunk kept my
mind occupied. I'm rather surprised that there is no musical
composition based on MRI noise.
Back when I had cramps every month, I asked my doctor for the newly
criminalized paregoric, and he said that paregoric was so weak that
I'd throw up before I got down enough to do any good -- never mind
that it took only a teaspoon to kill the current pain, and a
tablespoon would keep it from coming back -- and prescribed a dose of
morphine that hit the pain like an elephant gun downing a rabbit:
I almost never took that pill -- I just carried it around in case the
pain got unbearable, and it almost never did.
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