Can someone explain this to me...
Why do doctors always insist on using the word "uncomfortable" to describe a procedure, when what they really mean is "this is gonna hurt like hell"?
Is it because:
a.) They've never personally experienced the procedure, and from their extensive book research, "uncomfortable" sounds like a fitting description?
b.) They believe "uncomfortable" is less horrific sounding than "horrific", and therefore, less likely to cause you to run screaming from their office when they lay out their vast array of shiny, pokey-scrapey instruments on the table?
Whatever the reason, it's annoying. And it belittles the pain a patient is experiencing. And the little knee pats, which, I know, are meant to be sympathetic, just add to the whole I'm A Big Baby embarrassment of it all.
And, yes, I'm probably being unfair. My dad is a doctor, and I know he is sympathetic and he does try to accurately describe procedures to patients. I know "uncomfortable" is probably just a more universal, for lack of a better word, description for a test NOT the equivalent of a skip through Baskin Robbins. Pain is a relative term.
If anybody ever holds a gun to your head and tells you to pick between a spinal tap and an endometrial biopsy, go with the spinal tap. BELIEVE me. A million times more pleasant than having your cervix clamped and dilated and your uterus lining lassoed out through a straw.