Patients Experience Less Pain than Expected

Your Health Minute

Patients overestimate the amount of pain after surgery.

In Your Health Minute, many people over estimate how much pain they will feel after surgery.

A new study of over 200 surgical patients found they expected almost twice the level of pain than they actually felt.

Those who had nerve blocks, epidurals or regional anesthesia were most likely to overestimate their pain.

Experts say this anticipation can cause unnecessary anxiety.

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