A patient in a busy medical practice says, "Hey Doc, I'm having a really serious problem and I need some help. Ya see, every time I put my hand on my hot stove it really hurts. Like, really bad."
"I see..." says the Doctor. "Does this happen regularly?"
"Yes, every single time I put my hand on the hot stove, I get this painful burning sensation right in the area where it comes in contact with the burner."
"Ahhh yes, I have seen this before and I know exactly what to do." Says the doctor confidently. "I suggest we do a nerve block surgery so you don't feel the pain when you touch the hot stove. I will also inject your hand with a localized anesthetic. Finally, I will also give you a prescription for a powerful pain medication. This medication may cause diarrhea, fatigue, muscle cramping, increase your risk of a stroke, and possible death, but it should help numb the pain sensation when you set your hand on the hot stove again."
"Gee thanks Doc! I have no idea what I would do without you, or the surgery, or the medicine."
This is a little absurd. Isn't it? Yet, I see situations similar to this pretty much every day. I suppose a nerve block, drugs, and local anesthetic... are one way to decrease pain as a result of touching a hot stove... but I still wonder if there are other ways to avoid this type pain