There’s a lot of math involved in what I’m about to explain. Well, there could be a lot of math. I’ll try to keep it to a minimum.
When a 1 kilogram object (we’ll call it a squeeze bottle of mayonnaise in this case) is knocked from a cupboard shelf (which is, let’s say, about 2 meters high), it falls.
The rate of descent reaches 6.26 meters per second, or 22.54 kilometers per hour (just over 14 miles per hour) — that’s 19.6 joules or 14.46 feet per pound — before hitting the floor … or one blogger’s big toe. By the way, that takes all of 0.64 seconds to happen.
Without the math, I’m trying to say that 2.2 pounds feels a lot heavier when it strikes your foot from head high … and it hurts like all the expletives!
The Many Varieties of MS-Related Pain
After several days, it still hurts, but there is a bit of comfort in the feeling of pain. Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) can relate to this bit of wonderment with “real” pain, since we experience so many versions of phantom pain (pain for no reason at all) or other sensory disruptions that manifest in what can only be described as pain.
There was a time not that long ago when pain was not recognized by clinicians as a symptom of MS. Thankfully, it’s pretty rare to run across a doctor who will not accept this today. If you do run across one of those doctors, run away. We know that there are many types of MS pain, and none of them are pleasant.
From sizzling nerve pain to the electric shock of Lhermitte’s sign, from the feeling of icy-cold water droplets falling on you to molten lead dripping, from pins and needles to tens of thousands of beestings … we know pain.
The Mysterious Origins of MS Pain
The thing about those feelings of great discomfort compared with the continued throbbing of my hallux (I had no idea that’s what the big toe was called either) is that we cannot say exactly what causes them. Not in ordinary terms, anyway.
Nerve pain, phantom pain, pins and needles — there isn’t an injury we can point to and say, “That’s why it hurts.” When a tub of mayo strikes a foot, however, that’s pain with an obvious explanation, and I’ve found some appreciation in it.
I am in pain so often because of my MS. Sometimes it’s an annoyance, but more often it alters the course of my day. Without an abrasion or contusion, it’s hard for me to even get my head around it. I know it hurts. I know the theory and science of why I experience the sensation of pain, but it’s sort of like understanding the concept of gravitational waves and space-time yet doing great disservice to physics by trying to explain them.
It’s Nice to Feel Normal, Even When It Hurts
This pain doesn’t need a complex explanation. A heavy thing fell on my foot, and it hurt. It hurt a lot, and it still hurts. There’s some comfort in feeling a real feeling, the way everyone else in the world does.
It’s an odd experience, this wonderment at feeling pain, odd but somehow normal. And it’s nice to feel normal once in a while.
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Source : https://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/trevis-gleason-life-with-multiple-sclerosis/good-feeling-real-pain/