Originally Posted by Snork
On a scale of 1-10, ten being the worst imaginable pain, labour is about a 4. Birthing the head is about a 6.
This makes me chuckle. Not at you, but at how subjective pain ratings are. I used to work in health care and we always had to use that 1-10 pain scale thing to assess patients. Anybody, if they said anything hurt at all, had to have a number. You'd have some young college girl come in for a hangnail and she would tell you her pain was a "10".
All the while she's sitting there looking comfy and smiling and chit-chatting with her friend. And then you'd get a farmer in the middle of having a heart attack and he'd be sweating and panting and grimacing and looking like he might die at any second. But if you asked him to rate his pain, he'd say (between groans and gasps) oh about a "6".
Ime with healthcare, hardly anybody ever rated their pain less than a "7". Didn't matter how insignificant the problem was. I had to wonder if they'd ever experienced real pain???
: Methinks if you came in w/ a heart attack you might be one of those farmers.