Parkour Pain

I have been doing some jumps from high altitudes of about 10ft (running and jumping off). My question is when I land my innards start to hurt like my stomach and intestines. How bad is this for my health and will the feeling go away after time has passed and the organs become immune the shock?

Topic by Pat Sowers 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

knee pain

What can I do about my knee pain? It hurts on the side of the knee, on the outside, not the inner side.

Topic by Pain-Skills 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Leg pain at work

 What can I do to relieve leg pain during work? I stand in one spot all day and my legs hurt(bad) at the end of the day. Different shoes and inserts help but does not get rid of the pain. Any suggestions?

Question by ewalk 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Pain is a learning curve

Ok, I just made some hot chocolate, the usual 90 seconds in a microwave, narrow mug, powder and soy milk with a sprinkle of nutmeg..... drank it felt no different......but it appears that apparently it was too hot without me even realising it, and I should know because I drink hot chocolate with a spoon. My lips, roof of my mouth, gums and tounge are swelling sore and blistering. Great! Do you know what the best cure is? Whiskey, I'm sat in the living room drinking whiskey to cool the burns in my mouth, it doesnt hurt so much now but my god my lips are swelling like a mongoose fish. Who needs botocs? I have alot of food allergies too which doesn't help. Do any of you guys have food allergies and how do you cope with them, tips appreciated :)

Topic by Zion_Sphere 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

3 inches of pain

Does anyone remember Gattaca? Well that movie explored the possibility of limb extensions in a fantastic manner. Apparently there's a vanity medical procedure to do this called Limb Lengthening. I'm not sure if anyone in the US does it, but for 100,000+ dollars you can add a few painful inches to your legs in Cairo.This procedure seems reasonable for midgets, or other deformities but for people 5'6" you'd think that this surgery is pure vanity. But that may not be true, a survey of CEO's of fortune 500 companies shows that they are on average ~6' tall. Another research study that followed thousands of people from birth to adulthood shows that an inch of height above the average of 5' 9" is approximately equal to a salary increase of $789 a year.What do you think? Is this vain, or a good way to get around prejudice against average/short and

Topic by lamedust 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

ARGH NOOO!!!! Romance[Love.Lust] = Pain!!! {suffering.unhappiness} = : ( ...

As some of you may know, I've had a crush on a gal for quite awhile.For the past while I thought I had it good, she's been awful flirty as of late, and seemed to be dropping hints all over the place. So yesterday, I mustered the courage (and resources :p) to ask her out. Guess what? I was turned down flat. I was rejected. Scorned. Publicly humiliated (I did in front of a group of friends, FSM knows why...). Either it was adrenaline, or it was the FSM, but I didn't feel to bummed out. But now (last night, this morning) that I've been thinking about, I feel like the warm hand that stole my heart hath hurled it down and stomped upon it with an icy stiletto... WWWWAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! *runs to refrigerator and sobs*And the problem is, in all my misery and self pity, I think it's possible that I like her even more, *sigh* what is unattainable is what a guy seeks....WWWAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!! *runs back to refrigerator* All the world is muck and gloom... So now what? Gain her love? Forget and be miserable?

Topic by KentsOkay 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Another Teeth Forum

Hey, just saw there were alot of responses to the other forum and I'm having trouble finding anything that makes me feel better on the Web, so I figured I'd ask here. I had 1 wisdom tooth that had grown in properly and rotted, pull about 6 days ago. I'm still having "I need serious painkillers" pain. I'm pretty confident that its not dry socket. none of the pain is really coming from inside my mouth other then the side of my tounge. most of the pain is in my chin jaw line and up into my temple. I've had plenty of extractions and they all heal enough not to hurt after about three days. Am I gonna die? no but seriously..... is this normal?..... like maybe from him reefing on my jaw to lossen the tooth? or am I screwed and should go back to the dentist?

Topic by chaoscampbell 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

why so hard to add pics is it on purpose to make you get pro edition?

Come on

Topic by brass90 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Aren't children strange?

Today is Children in Need day in the UK. Non-uniform day at school (I went dressed as Indiana Jones), and fun activities in the afternoon.I got my Van der Graff generator out for a play, and found kids queuing up so that they could pay to be hit with thousands of volts. They knew it hurt, but they still queued. Some came back for more.Kids, eh?(Oh, and I let off a Party Popper behind the Head of Year 8 whilst he was trying to do a cool and suave impression of James Bond. That was funny!)

Topic by Kiteman 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Your Most Painful Moments.

I was wondering with all the home crafted weapons what you would classify as the MOST painful moment in you life so far. When were you in the most pain of your life time, was it after being shot with a paint ball gun or when you stubbed you toe against that stupid door. Ohh and once you have remembered remember to give it a pain rating from 1 to 10, 1 being not too painful and 10 extremely painful. I'm sorry if it brings back bad memories but i was just interested. My most painful moment was when i was playing cricket we used to whittle out points to make the stumps then flick them in to the ground, one time i over judged it and it hit me hard on the shin I sat with an ice pack on it for about 2 hours and had a lump the size of an egg!

Topic by Mr Tenacious 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

flip flop toe pain

Can anyone give me tips about how to reconfigure slippers that goes between your toes. many of sandals I find now are so hard and hurt my delicate toes any ideas I would appreciate it

Topic by graycious 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Search banner placement is a pain

Ever since instructables updated their website about 3 months ago (i'm guessing) their has been a search banner at the bottom of the screen that has been in the way. Here is a screen shot. This says it all. I was trying to read a comment in this picture but the search banner was in the way. Does anyone know hoow I could fix this? NOTE: I'm using IE8.

Topic by Robot Lover 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Low voltage on Supercaps is a pain.

So, back when All Elecronics had them, I bought 100 of the 1F cooper (relatively high current) supercaps (2.5V), and likewise 100 of the Polyacene "batteries" that Electronics Goldmine is selling (0.6F, 3V, 20ohm.) But I've found the low voltages much more inhibiting than I thought it would be in actually using these. Have people managed to find good uses for these despite the low voltages?

Topic by westfw 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

can intestinal problems cause sciatic nerve pain?

My stomah gets inflame and my sciatic nerve hurts . i take pain pills for a neck fausion can the pills be doing it .thanks.,

Question by ed2011 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How do I clean my Vibe's trigger?

I've got all this paint and gunk right in the nooks and crannies of the trigger and the frame, and the only way to clean it properley would be to remove the trigger. I haven't been able to find anything on this, and I don't want to experiment.

Question by BOOM5601 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do you tell how bad a burn is? Answered

Yesterday I was baking a cake and someone spilled water on the floor so I slipped and got a nice burn on my arm from the Just out of the oven pan,And i was woundering how do you tell what degree the burn is!1)It bleed constantly (humophelia :O)2)Hurts like a ***** when i extend my arm all the way3)Went through at least one layer of skin Maybe 24)looks NASTY

Question by spiritwolf7984 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

whip string, please?

You know, the thing on the end... whith knots in it. I need to know hoe to make one for my whip, please.

Question by army dude 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

ive been looking for a cheap non surgical way to remove my left eye? Answered

Make sure its cheap...

Question by average joe 1999 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

is there anything my mom can do to help her 5ths disease?

My mom has all the symptoms of 5thsdisease and she just feels horrible. there isnt any medicine to make her feel better but are there any little things like taking a warm bath or anything?

Question by four bunnies 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Draw Blood with Neodymium Magnets.

I was curious if anyone besides me has drawn blood while playing with Neodymium Magnets?   Fortunately, it wasn't my blood..  On the down side, I'm no longer permitted  to play with powerful magnets when my Girlfriend Comes over.   She forgave me, but Electromagnetism is a Sore subject around here.

Topic by John_the_Builder 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Stop Hackers dead

This is interesting, So Zscaler acts like a pass/no-pass Gate.   If it were a firmware gate that only could be accessed by a dedicated keyboard then it could stop hackers dead.   Yes it would force sites to hold all their content rather then pulling this from there and that from elsewhere but NO HACKERS unless they physically take a site. What say you ?

Topic by iceng 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Where/how/is there an instructable on how to painlessly as possible assemble knex? If not, how? Answered

I have this good gun, which I wanted a better trigger on after many mods. It is an extremely sturdy gun, and had to break the old one literally, to get it out. So i have tried pliers, and hammers, along with my own hands, without sucsess to get it in.Help....

Question by Speedmite 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Threw my back out on Friday....

Sometime early on Friday morning, I threw out my back (it must have dropped in amongst the trash in one of the cans or something); anyways, I am still mobile, but am suffering quite a bit. I can't sit in one place to long at the moment, but it IS better then it was yesterday. Just thought I would let you all know, in case I seem a little more absent, or cranky this 4 day weekend I have *sigh* One more Update, well, make that two:The picture is not me, it is off the web, and#2: things have not yet gotten ANY better.....looks like I am stuck this way until Tuesday when the Docs are back from their vacations....*sigh*

Topic by Goodhart 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

My arm's can't feel pain!?

Today this girl was pinching my arm in this weird way thats supposed to hurt and i could barley feel it, so me and my friends put my arm to the test as soon as i started talking about the incident. My friend grabbed my arm with both hands twisting the skin in opposite directions (indian rugburn) dug his nails into it for long periods of time, stapled it, i put a little piece of glass into it (the top), bit down on it as hard as i could, and punched a brick wall. STILL NO PAIN!?!!?! wessup wif dat!

Topic by astrozombies138 11 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

what are the best exercises to do if you have sever back pain?

Well yeah i hurt my back and its in sever pain all the time and im home schoold so i mostly sit around and iv noticed that im starting to get a bit of a spare tire if u know what i mean and i was wanting to know if there are exercises to lose the weight around my stomach with out stressing my back i cant do crunches cause there just to much for my back any sugestions

Question by Goomanhimer 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How many of you have played around with something dangerous and want to share about it?

Topic by gatorfan94 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Is my cat dying? Or does she need a better diet?

She's been slow moving.  Stops in mid-floor and makes and frightened yowling sound.  Losing weight alarmingly and seems to be in pain a lot.  She's taken to stopping wherever she is and urinating or defecating.  She doesn't even look for her -clean- litter box.  She simply does her business and continues pacing through the house. She seems to be in pain.  I think her toilet habits come from incontinence.  She's 16 years old, very thin, very frightened.  Her appetite is half what it was a few months ago.  She can barely see.  The vet thinks she just needs blood pressure medication and an occasional dose of pain meds. She seeks human companionship.  Holding, rubbing, massage, soft words, cuddling.  Still she will cry and burrow into the warmest part of her cuddle partner.  She sleeps close to her litter mate (healthy but overweight) when her human isn't near. I'm giving her pain meds on a regular basis, not exceeding the recommended dose on the prescription.  It helps, but I want to know what to expect.  My husband will be devastated and I have no one to ask.  I believe she's dying, but I don't know how to tell him.

Question by Ahma 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

To All my Friends and Acquaintances

At this moment, I am awaiting for the doctor's office to open so I can give them another call. My back has been hurting me since the Friday before Labor Day weekend, and getting increasingly worse since. The insurance I have was only allowing for pain medication, and then finally approved an X-ray which, of course, did not show anything concerning my formerly herniated disks. I have been awaiting the insurance company's approval to get the MRI that will tell the doctor what is REALLY going on with my back. If this gets delayed until I am paralyzed, the insurance company will have to be held responsible, as it would be because of their delay. Since I am having difficulties even sitting here in front of the computer, I will keep this short. If I stop posting for a 24 hour period, you can assume I have gone to the hospital for an operation (which will not happen before they examine an MRI). I don't know what else to do......but at this point, the pain meds don't even work well enough to allow me to sleep. Just wanted to get an FYI out here, so you didn't worry if I do become unable to get to a computer for a few days or weeks. BTW: I will be going completely crazy without being able to get in here, you all are like my extended family. First update: MRI has been taken, but will hear nothing before Friday or perhaps *sigh* Monday. Second update: MRI showed a definitive bulge (herniation) pressing heavily against my spinal column. This time around, it will probably have to be removed and the bones fused to keep me going... UPDATE 2.491 - Supplemental Nothing will be accomplished during the weekend, as far as my back is concerned. At least we have found a reasonable combination of meds to keep the pain at bay until I get to see the Neurosurgeon (and hopefully, there will be no need to see the Oncologist). UPDATE 3 - : It is very early in the morning (5:16 am) and I can not sleep. I have to await the doctor's call hoping it will come before my pulmonary appointment ( C-pap refitting). And if not, hoping I can get a refill on the pain meds that have been just barely keeping the pain below the screaming all the time level. So I can tolerate the wait until I get to see the neurosurgeon. UPDATE 3.274 - supplemental: I will be out and about (different doc appts.) most of this morning and into the afternoon. I will check in as soon as I know something. UPDATE 4: I have an appointment to see the neurosurgeon's BUT it isn't for another 6 days or so. This is very aggravating that something this painful and this life-invasive (keeping me from work) can't be taken care of sooner. UPDATE 4.129 - Supplemental: A followup letter from the doctor informs me of another reason the pain is greater this time, then last time: I have two herniated discs. *sigh* The fun of aging just never ends, does it? UPDATE 5: The therapy IS helping relieve the pressure on the disc by  supporting the spine through stronger muscles.  I am getting relief finally, and should be back to work Nov. 6th, at the latest. UPDATE 6: I had a minor relapse on Oct. 30th, on the right hand side, but things seem to be back on track now again. Thank you all for your support ! Some information about what MAY be done next. Final link Below is an illustration...      

Topic by Goodhart 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Sports Injury

I do cross country and run 6 miles a day. I have been having trouble with my knees and ankles. I went to the doctor, and they said I had a torn ligament in my ankles. Any suggestions on how to help them heal?

Topic by shammallamaman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Green Skin Paint?

Hey guys, So for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie me and my girlfriend are going as Starlord and Gamora. We are trying to figure out our costumes and it seems pretty clear that for her costume to be complete she needs to be green. So I was wondering if you guys new what paint we could use for that, obviously it should be able to be washed off. So if anyone can help many many thanks!

Question by nurdee1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

how do you get a strap for a electric bass to not hurt your shoulder, or put less weight on your shoulder?

I have had a yamaha electric bass for almost one year. every time i play it for more then ten miniutes it starts to agravate my shoulder. i play the bass for school and i have recently joined a band. it has recently gotten very bad. if i could get some help with this it would be a big help.

Question by bass girl 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

nerf gun airtech 2000 and 3000 mod!

Alright... so i hooked a soda bottle up to a nerf airtech 2000 (when i get the stuff for the 3000 i will do that one too) and so now i have a big resivoir and i have a way of hooking it up to a bike pump so i can pump it up to a reasonable pressure and run around and cause pain without tired arms. but the guns pump still works (and gets it up to about 40 psi after 2 minutes of pumping) you use a 4 way coupler WITH HOSE CLAMPS! and use tubing rated for pressure! you have a schrader valve (or similar) and plug the pump on the 4 way along with the out line. (this was done on a 2000, the 3000 may or may not work) DONT HOLD DOWN THE TRIGGER! if you do then much of the pressure will be lost. now you can shoot easily and not be found out by pumping noises) im sorry i dont have a diagram. so when your done... the soda bottle (2 litre is the best! it lasts longer), schader valve, output, and input from the onboard pump should all be on the 4 way coupler and be hose clamped (if not the hoses will fly off and youll hear a loud hiss and be angry) the 2 litre bottle can be consealed in your backpack or be heald under your armpit, glued or taped to the gun, whatever!

Topic by mrbob1000 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

how do I make super huge sparks? Answered

I want to make sparks that can go up to 1-2' long to impressive my friend. My friends don't think I am good with electricity and I would like to Reall impressive them

Question by miiwii3 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Aarrghghgh!!!!! Why does the universe hate me?!!?!?!?!?!?!??!?

I think the universe has something against me. On Sunday my computer's wireless card suddenly stopped working, and this was about a week after I fixed my touchscreen. So I took apart my laptop (again) and checked the connections and they were fine so I had no clue what it was. I tried connecting my computer to the server with a wire and for some reason my computer had a multiple server problem because my computer was not connected but others were. My dad did finally connect it but when he adjusted it a little, it disconnected and didn't re connect. Then, suddenly, on Tuesday after having my computer plugged into the server for a few hours, I unplugged it and moved it to my room and I noticed something, I was still connected to the internet, it was weird. So suddenly, for some reason, the wireless card came back on. Then on Thursday, my wireless card died again, so when I turned on my computer after school, it didn't connect to the internet. So now today, Friday, I plugged in my computer to the internet and it wouldn't work. At first I thought it was the multiple server problem again so I plugged in my computer directly to the server, and it didn't work. At this point I had to work hard to prevent myself from pulling my hair out in clumps because I was so frustrated. So after a while my dad came home and he couldn't connect to the internet either but it was because the plug I pulled out to connect my computer was the one that connected to his computer. So right after I pulled my plug out and put his in, literally a millisecond afterword, the yellow-green activity light started to light up and flash on the thing that accesses the internet. So I check with both of my mom and dad and both of their computers just got connection to the internet, one was a laptop, one was a desktop, this was the point at which I thought I did something to upset the universe. So now I am posting on the wire from my laptop. Any ideas on what is causing it, any? My computer is an hp tx1320 with vista home premium and please help me!!!! EDIT: it is fixed, sent it in to HP a long time ago, no need to bump this up so don't comment.

Topic by n8man 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Well guys I finally ran out of luck

On my way to work today I came off my bike at somewhere around 20-25mph, on a long sweeping corner I was turning with a steady lean and just lost all grip, both tyres slid, my left elbow hit the ground, shredded most of the skin on it and I actually brunt a hole in the jumper I was wearing with friction, I flipped over and smashed my wrist in to the ground so hard that that doctor wasn't sure if it was a sprain or break due to swelling, at some point my left hip hit the tarmac and they Xrayed that aswell in case I had chipped it, there's a nice swelling forming there... I also scuppered both my knees, the bad one is now just popping out from under me at any oppurtunity while the other can barely be moved. I've also just noticed that theres a bit of wood or stick stuff in my arm. This means that I can't go cycling for two weeks by docs. rules, can't play guitar hero, can't lift anything, might not even be able to drive, which would suck nuts as I just started formal lessons, finally afford them and I'm put outta work for a week and can't use my time to do the stuff I want/need to do. On the upside I can get to the hardware store and get my pulse jet parts and be doing something with my time, but I wont be able to build both because I've to save extra wages for next month as I wont get my days off back. The bike stood up to the crash much better than me, scraped paint on handlebar bell and I somehow knocked the reflectors of one of the pedals, I'm guessing thats the big gash on my shin explained... It's wierd I've been hit by trucks and got up straightened the handlebars, cycled off happy enough, I had the same type of crash except the front wheel fell down a curb I clipped a car and hit a wall with enough force to damage it and was fine apart from minor bruises, this simple crash screwed me completely, I fell perfectly and rolled well after flipping and smashing my right wrist, the bike somehow got a good distance away from the crash, as did I... Also three instructables I was planning will have to wait for at least a week, depending on what tools I can manage by then, it's a shame I just made three great projects and I have to wait until I'm better to finish them and publish... it also took me about 25minutes to write this...

Topic by killerjackalope 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Really bad chest pains.... whats wrong?

Hey, last night I was on the computer when my chest started hurting when I breathed. So I tried everything to make it go away. I took deep breaths, I ate (which made it worse), I drank something (Also made it worse). I thought maybe it could be a cramp and it would go away if i slept. Well I woke up this morning and I still have the pains now. Whats goin on? Please note that I have EE and i don't know if that could link to this in anyway.

Question by Flumpkins 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Stanley Kubric, I feel your pain!

I have discovered that it is a major pain dans la derriere to take a decent photograph of an object that is, really, a near-featureless shiny black box. The best I've come up with so far us to stand a candle inside.  My camera is auto focusing, and it keeps locking on to the reflections in the shiny surface - I want to take photos of the object,  not of me or the room around me. Any suggestions?

Topic by Kiteman 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How to exercise after contiuous keyboard and mouse usage?

I am feeling a contiuous stress in the wrist area of my left hand. and also some numbness there in the last two fingers, which i think is due to continued keyboard and mouse use. Can anyone suggest some good exercises? and also if someone has good experience of using any ergonomicaly designed keyboards and mouse. Please recommend me one. Thanks

Question by muhammajunaid 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Is anyone in need of a paper hornet grenade?

This grenade is a awesome little thing it has about a three foot blast radius but keep in mind it's still in the devolopmental stage.

Question by DELETED_DELETED_HIVLTGE1 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

what effects will ear rings have on your life ? Answered

Today i got my ear rings pierced and i would like to know what effects that can have on the average life and in accidents and extreme conditions.

Question by knuckel 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Why is my vision blurry after an insect flew into my eye?

About 24 hours ago a small bug like a gnat flew into my right eye. My eye burned for the rest of that day, but felt fine the next morning. Although my eye feels fine, my eyesight is very blurred through my right eye. I have always had perfect vision without glasses or similar objects until this encounter. Does anyone know what may be causing this? Will this go away on it's own, or should I do something about it?

Question by benthekahn 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How painful is it to get an electric fly swatter to the hand?

Question by WerdnaN 8 years ago  |  last reply 22 days ago

How to administer a tiny painful (but safe) electric shock...

I have no electronic's experience, but I need to develop a tiny device that can administer an electric shock for just like 1 sec that is strong enough to hurt, but is safe.  And it has to be no larger in diameter than a US quarter coin, and no thicker than maybe the face of a watch.

Topic by Dolmetscher007 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Home-Trainer-Bike "no pain no gain" video system

Hi everybody, i want to build a home trainer which connects to my computer in that way, that video will only be played when i do some exercise. my idea: - attach bike dynamo to home trainer bike - make connection to old external computer keyboard - fiddle with the software so video is played when a button is "pressed" (or activated by exercise), if the button is not pressed, the video will pause. the last point seems to be really tricky - any ideas? any alternative ideas from anyone? i do not want some on/off switch because then you could simply do two strokes on the bike and sit back and relax to watch the movie. i want a solution where only when straddling the video will play. cheers, stefan

Topic by spot-x-berg 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Capacitor bank charger question.

I know alot of people use a standard disposable camera's circuit board as a charger for coil guns, but would this be sufficient for a bank of ~20 of those capacitors? If not, what would I use to charge it? They are 330v 80uF capacitors, by the way. EDIT: Or would there be a way to modify the existing charger circuit to charge the larger amount of capacitors?

Question by Rokko8652 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Knex Injuries

Have you ever been injured by knex? - if so please post pics !Give a pain rating from 1 to 10 (10 being the most painful) And i bet someone will say 'i hope so!'

Topic by Loosewire; SOE Operative 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

I already tried to change but to no avail

I train leg until the muscles completely fatigued with a load of weight I can handle, only the other day I do not feel pain, and they say not feel pain when pq is the training did not help anything, I just feel the calf, but the back and I do not feel the quadriceps, help me, what I do to feel the pain the other day? I already tried to change but to no avail

Topic by bilalnaqvi92 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Scared of shots? Cough!

The Claim: Coughing Can Blunt the Pain of a Doctor’s Needle By ANAHAD O’CONNOR Published: January 25, 2010 THE FACTS Sometimes there are no words that can comfort a patient who fears an injection or the drawing of blood. But there may be one cheap and easy way to ease the needle’s sting. In the medical literature, it is known as the cough trick. Patients cough moderately just before a shot and then once during it. How this works is unclear. It could simply be a matter of distraction. Or, as a report in the journal BMJ pointed out, it may have something to do with a brief, cough-induced rise in blood pressure that reduces the perception of pain. Whatever the mechanism, studies have found intriguing evidence. Two were conducted in 2004, including one three-week study in which doctors measured variables like pain intensity, hand withdrawal and palm sweating as subjects had intravenous needles inserted in their hands — on one occasion while coughing, and on another with no coughing. Coughing, they found, reduced the pain. In another study, published this month in the journal Pediatrics, scientists at the Mayo Clinic tried the coughing trick on 68 children, ages 4 to 11, receiving immunizations. They found that it eased pain in Hispanic and white children, but not in black children — a finding they could not explain. And like any method, it has its obvious flaws: coughing too vigorously, for example, could cause doctors to miss their mark. THE BOTTOM LINE Studies suggest that a moderate cough during an injection may forestall pain. Pretty neat.  Might be a good trick to teach kids so they don't develop phobias.

Topic by AngryRedhead 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Anodizing cooper tubing, can it be done?

Is it possible to to color pain houper tube by anodizing?

Question by vallka 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I'm trying to find best way add labels under buttons for my DIY electronics project. I've been filling laser etched letters with acrylic pain, but it's huge pain in the arse.  So I'm thinking of using vinyl letters instead. Has anyone used any services that can do small custom letter on the cheap?  Any recommendations?

Question by gedwrdddff 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago