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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-13-2015, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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I'd rather be in emotional pain than physical pain


I don't handle physical pain very well. I scream, swear, and maybe cry. I did a blood test yesterday and blood wouldn't come out. I fasted the night before. The needle hurt a little. The pain was after that. Both of my arms were bruised and if I tried to lift them, I would be in pain. Removing the band aid was the freakin worst. I didn't know it was going to be difficult. As I was in pain, I thought to myself that I'd rather be in emotional pain. Yes, going through depression sucks, but I can handle that better than having a needle in my vein.
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I remember having a Canula in my arm all day when I had some minor heart issue a few years ago. I'd rather be in physical pain than mental pain though.

When I was 13 I had a bruised coxis or something, probably the worst pain I had since it hurt every time I moved and I had to sit on like 3 pillows. I'd rather than than depression, though back then I had the benefit of being a 13 year old who enjoyed life, despite it being mostly indoors. I guess because the pain was minimal when not moving it wasn't as bad as my heart which hurt regardless of my position.
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Physical pain usually goes away on its own. Emotional pain can linger indefinitely.
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Total opposite, I love physical pain. Emotional pain is way worse.

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Total opposite, I love physical pain. Emotional pain is way worse.
That's creepy AF. Why would you like pain? I don't think that any normal person would like pain. What an odd statement to say.
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That's creepy AF. Why would you like pain? I don't think that any normal person would like pain. What an odd statement to say.
Is it? lol. Yeah I've always liked pain, maybe its a reason I self harm. Yeah, I already know I'm not normal. To each its own I guess.

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I like a little physical pain, like falling or getting a football thrown to the chest. Overall physical pain is easier to handle for me.
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After tearing my knee open and breaking my wrist I can safely say that I would rather endure a lifetime of emotional distraught than a week of that constant physical pain.

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I'm the opposite. I'd rather have a physical ailment or injury, because at least it is something that can be seen and treated. Sometimes it can even be cured permanently. Emotional pain and mental illness never really go away. If you're depressed, you're depressed all the time. It may be better on some days than others, but you know it's coming back. Medication doesn't always help, and it can have really bad side effects. If you have a physical illness, people believe you when you say you're sick. If it's a mental illness, they just tell you to snap out of it or get over it, like you can flip a switch and turn it off.

I wish I could take a pill and change who I am.
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Id take the physical pain because it can heal within days hours weeks, etc. emotional pain can last years decades, or generations.

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Dude, drawing blood isn't supposed to be painful. You must have had a crappy nurse.

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Unless we're talking about something akin to irreparable catastrophic emotional distress, I've never been on board with the way-too-overly romanticized and often melodramatized preference of preferring physical pain over emotional.

Maybe part of it is because I've felt pretty down about things for such extended periods of time, that I at least know what to expect (I would say I'm "used to it", but being "used to something" implies that you eventually became OK with it; I'm still not OK with feeling bad about things as often as I generally do).

But the "physical pain over emotional pain" a lot of the time just seems to convey too much of a martyr syndrome vibe to things. Not good for helping self-esteem at all.
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Dude, drawing blood isn't supposed to be painful. You must have had a crappy nurse.
I agree with this. There will always be a small pain tho. Once I let a student nurse draw blood from me, and that hurt like ****. She stuck the needle into me and started to twist the needle around in there, like she was stirring milk, and chocolate powder.

It also depends where she sticks the needle, above the knuckles can hurt as well.
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I prefer emotional pain too. At least you can sleep on it.
And you don't have to take painkillers (I'm not allowed to take most types). I'm really scared of physical pain now because I won't be able to do much about it

I like the needle though. It doesn't really hurt me. I think it's because most nurses who took blood samples from me had a soft hand. Only once a crappy nurse literally stabbed me with the needle. I was mostly thinking about kidney and tooth pain.

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Dude, drawing blood isn't supposed to be painful. You must have had a crappy nurse.
Some people have bad veins. I hate getting blood drawn. I always let them know in advance. They use a butterfly needle.
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physical pain is worse,

emotional pain is something everyone has, but they don't have the opacity to handle it..... and ya this is coming from someone who believes they're loneliest.
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age 18 to today,

pain was always fine. Never broke a limb

I ignore painkillers. Fix the trouble. Never pretend it doesn't hurt when there is damage

My pain was in my head. People wouldn't see it, or believe me when there's no blood or broken bones.


People cause my migraine & stress. Tough to handle.

I'd laugh at a case of broken back, bones...being beaten up, or getting cancer.
If those hurt, I'd be an expert with it. I've been lucky. Brain is where the trouble was. Sleep is important.

Emotional pain is when I get seriously rejected. Employers & girlfriends ended my life.
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Both those pains can be temporarily but I think emotional pain can may take a while longer to heal.
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Of course emotional pain lasts longer.. I've been going through emotional distress for a while now without love and sex.. But I remember a few years ago I was passing kidney stones and it was excruciating pain I was wishing I would just die.. I'd take emotional pain any day over that.



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Emotional pain can also lead to physical pain.
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