Ouch!

I’d like to know why stubbing your toe hurts so much but say running into a filing cabinet and cutting your leg so much that it bleeds for the next two hours, and bleeds so much it feels like water coming out, i.e., it doesn’t even have time to feel sticky, you hardly feel it all, until you run upstairs after running into said filing cabinet and your mom freaks out and asks you “what happened to your leg?”, and it’s only then that you realize you’ve cut yourself, and it’s only then, after like ten seconds, that your leg starts to bleed.

A severe cut like that hardly hurt at all, in fact, when it happened, when I was like 16 or so, I thought when I’d run into the filing cabinet, that I’d merely just scraped myself, little knowing until my mom saw it as I ran upstairs, that I’d cut myself. I remember thinking when I hit the corner of the filing cabinet with my leg something like “Oh I’ll check it when I get upstairs”, as I was going upstairs to look at some new carpet my parents had put in me and my sister’s room.

I relate this story from many years ago now, to say that just a few moments ago, as I was coming out of the bathroom with some water for Chloe, I stubbed my toe on the nightstand next to my bed, and it hurt so much my eyes watered, and I almost spilled the bowl of water I had in my hand. But nothing was cut, nothing was bleeding. So I’m just wondering, why do small things like paper cuts, stubbed toes, etc., hurt so bad, but “big” injuries don’t seem to hurt as bad once they happen?

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About Ginny

A blind Muslim woman currently living in Florida, just trying to make sense of the world around me! !
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2 Responses to Ouch!

  1. PinkMuslimah says:

    assalamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah
    It’s so that we can drag our butts to the hospital if we have to.
    🙂
    *Then* it hurts!

  2. Salaam Alaikum,

    I once asked a Consultant Anaesthetist + pain managment specialist this very question and she was none the wiser. It is a mystery!

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