You know that medical terms are meant to inform us that something is going to happen but are stated in such a way that they don’t freak anyone out. Unless you have a doctor or nurse who is VERY honest about pain, you have to sort of take them with a grain of salt.
Over the past few months, I’ve become very experienced with this. Here are some of my translations.
Uncomfortable/Feel a little discomfort = It’s going to hurt
Tightness = Dull pain
Pinch/stick = Quick sharp pain
Shouldn’t feel this at all = You will feel it and you won’t like what you feel
Bee sting = There is a discrepancy in the size of the bee referred to here (Tiny honeybee vs. Huge hornet or one of those large queen yellow jackets)
Painful = Hold onto your bedrails
I’m sorry if this hurts/I don’t mean to hurt you = Uncontrollable one-eye tear trickle
Verbal warning that it is coming = Wish for a bullet to bite
No criticism of the medical professionals who use these terms. I know that they are trying to avoid any opportunity for pain panic in their patients. I just find translating them a little humorous!