Because that is simply not true.
From what I’ve heard, passing a kidney stone is way worse. From what I’ve experienced, having a peritonsular abscess is. I spent most of last night in the ER (thinking I had an ear infection, because my the right side of my face was numb and I had excruciating pain and pressure on the ear), only to find out that the thing I thought was a bad (read: so swollen and painful I didn’t eat and barely drank for three days) canker sore on the back of my tongue was the cause of ALL MY SYMPTOMS.
How does such a thing happen, you ask? Nobody has given me a good answer. Apparently, it’s a form of strep throat. Since I’ve never had any throaty sicknesses, I had no clue. All I can say is that my childbirth experiences do not compare, and oddly enough, were closer to this.
Back to the abscess. So today, I had to follow up with an ENT (ear, nose, throat doctor) to see about, er, “clearing it.” Since they didn’t have enough epinephrine like the dentists use to fully numb the area (and because of my adverse reaction to the stuff), they decide to use a liquid lidocaine anesthetic that you gargle with to numb the area. It didn’t do a great job numbing the abscess, but even worse, they kept poking into the nerve it was sitting on that connects to my ear (this is called referred pain). So I basically screamed through all of it while I held onto my ear.
So what exactly was the procedure? Stop reading here if you’re squeamish. (Maybe that warning should’ve already been issued. Oops!)
First, they stuck a hypodermic needle into the abscess to extract some of the pus. When they didn’t strike gold the first time, they tried at two other locations. When all of that proved unfruitful, they lanced it with a scalpel. Oh yeah, did I mention that I was barely anesthetized?