My strange body
A few days ago, I fell on my wrist while playing tennis. I didn’t think it was anything serious, and I popped right up and continued playing. That was about 3pm.
By 6pm, though, my wrist was throbbing. On the NIH pain scale (http://painconsortium.nih.gov/pain_scales/NumericRatingScale.pdf), I’d say I was at “6” so I put some ice on it. Strange that I barely felt a thing for the prior 3 hours, but whatever.
By 8PM, though, the pain was intense. I had already taken ibuprofen, but was feeling so badly, I hunted around the house for something stronger. ANYTHING stronger. At that point, I thought for sure my wrist was broken and I was at a solid “10.” Hurting so much, I thought about going to the emergency room.
Instead, I gritted my teeth, propped my wrist up on a pillow and tried to sleep. Oddly, I was out immediately and woke up about 4AM.
And the pain had vanished. Yes, my wrist was still a little sore, but I was back at “2” level. Almost nothing.
The weird thing is, I’ve gone through this before. Stomach aches so bad, I couldn’t stand them, only to be fine the next morning. Headaches so intense, I thought they were migraines, only to have them vanish within hours.
I’m certain science has an answer. Or maybe I’m just psychosomatic. Strange though.