it seems that the doctors have got it wrong all along!
everytime i take blood samples or give injections, i invariably tell patients to look away & think of something pleasant. a recent study (read here and here) has shown that patients actually feel LESS pain if they look at their own hand or arm, but NOT at the needle.
this just goes to show that although medical science has advanced by leaps & bounds, we still do not have a complete knowledge of pain or its treatment.
so, what will you do when you are next faced with this situation? still look away?
i think i would!