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    Ever found that it's hard to resist making dental pain worse?

    I think it's something that we can't resist. If you get toothache - you play with the tooth with your tongue, a cut on your gum, you sub-consciously make it worse.

    Annoying ! I had an extraction on Thursday and some other work, it's agony but I can't leave it alone!

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    Yes! It's weird, but for some reason I love making my tooth hurt if it's a dull pain, not pain like biting into a sweet when you have a cavity. That's a different kind of pain. I push it until I can't stand the pain anymore.

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    If I knock my knee against a table or something and get a bruise, I end up doing the same thing. LOL.

    Maybe it's an evolved behavior that makes us more likely to pay attention to disturbances on our body and therefore more likely to notice wounds getting worse. Or something. Idk.

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    Pressure always makes my aches/pains/cuts/sores feel better. It feels like once you push and make it hurt more, the dull lasting pain is somehow more tolerable.

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    Gate Control Theory of Pain

    Still just a theory, but I believe it to be plausible.

    Without getting into specifics, you have 2 primary types of somatosensory (touch) fibres ('fibers' for you yanks, ):
    -The large fibres deal with normal somatosensation, while small fibres are used for nociception (pain).

    When you're under pain, the small fibres will fire, but massaging or light touching of the affected area may activate the large fibres as well.
    When this happens, there is either competition from both fibre types' input, or the large fibre's input overrides and blocks the small's input to the brain altogether.

    This may be why we're compelled to touch/massage a wound when we're hurt; it alleviates the pain level experienced by sensory competition.
    Last edited by Mod; 05-28-2013 at 12:16 AM.

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    Yeah i'm like that sometimes with fluids that taste like some weird sour mixture of blood and what not..

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    I do that all the time when my tooth hurts. I just play with them and kinda squeeze them and I tend to floss like 5 times to basically hurt my gums so the pain is less intense on the tooth. Last time it was just horrible they injected me and when it wore off it was awful I felt like screaming and ended up putting my fist on my cheek and pressing so hard I almost had a bruise the next day lol .

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    Quote Originally Posted by winston_tiu View Post
    Yeah i'm like that sometimes with fluids that taste like some weird sour mixture of blood and what not..
    Yeahno... xD

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