If you know me well, you most likely know that I have some gastrointestinal "issues." The frequency of my attacks isn't high, but the intensity... oh, the intensity. When it hits, it hits hard.
The pain woke me up at 5:30 this morning. I'm not going to go into details, but suffice it to say that at the pain's climax I always - at least briefly - entertain the thought of going to the hospital. Really, calling 911 because I'm in no condition to drive. However, I've never actually done either of those, nor do I really think it's necessary, I'm really just all pumped up because... OW!
There are 2things that help me deal with the pain. One is the knowledge that the pain is going to pass. It has always passed before. It will always come down to a reasonable level with 30minutes. Maybe an hour max. So really, I just have to suck it up and know that things will eventually be alright.
The other is providing myself with some sort of distraction. Specifically, a pain distraction. Some other pain for me to focus on so I'm not consumed with the real pain. Makes me sound kind of masochistic, right? It's not really. This usually involves a continuous, slight knocking on my forehead with my fist, which isn't really pain per se. It's more of a rhythmic soothing, perhaps? I also lightly bite the back of my hand. Usually not hard at all. Only hard enough that there are visible marks for maybe 5minutes. Again, this is all to distract me from everything else going on with my body.
This morning, however, a few hours after everything returned to normal, I looked down at my hand and saw 4distinct teeth marks. I have no recollection of either a) biting myself that hard or b) feeling a bite that hard. I'm actually kind of fascinated by it (not the mark itself, but the process of getting it). It's already faded considerably and will no doubt be gone by the time I go to bed tonight.
But still... crazy.
But still... crazy.
How do you cope with pain?