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Old 10-15-2018, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Riemann View Post
With anesthesia (where you're unconscious), in principle we can't actually prove whether it works, or whether it just makes us forget hours of excruciating pain. Although it's implausible that it would also suppress the physiological symptoms that usually accompany pain, so I think we can be reasonably sure!

A more realistic question: how often do patients wake up in excruciating pain during an operation because of a screw-up, the OR staff cover it up, and the patient forgets?
I think that, if anesthesia were merely a pain-masker, it would show in strong levels of muscle tension and super high blood pressure, and a patient waking up utterly exhausted and traumatized.