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April 25, 2011
11:07 pm
JC Alvarez
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I post this on behalf of my little brother for starters.

He doesn't respond well to pain but he wants to get a gential piercing and a tattoo on his ribs, both of which are quite painful as we understand it. He and I have been trying to find an over the counter numbing agent that might work for him and so far no luck. He tried Orajel but that was only a small relief when I gave him a temporary piercing.

Can anyone give some suggestions? I really think that if he ends up with a good experience for his tattoo and piercing that he may come to really enjoy body modification. As to why he chose those two, he had watched a few documentaries about body modification and found those to be the modifications of the most interest to him.

April 25, 2011
11:10 pm
JC Alvarez
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Come to think of it, I might find it helpful to for my first suspension attempt.

April 26, 2011
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I feel use of legally available numbing agents is only really useful in psychological terms for most procedures. I had a variety of piercings done with it in the past, and now elect not to. In most cases the difference in experience of pain is minimal. Much of the nerve sensation is below the surface, and the agent only penetrates so far.

Never had a tattoo with anaesthetic though, but the pain is pretty minimal for for me anyway.

If he does want to use anaesthesia, for the ribs i'd go with Emla (just remember to cover it well as air stops it working, and keep it on a good while), or maybe Super T. I know people who have used both and say it helped.

 

For the genital piercing i think it's important to work with the artist, as anaesthesia here can cause distortion in tissue, and they need to be confident in working with this and marking it correctly. Also things he could use on mucous membrane areas in relative safety have a limited duration, so it'd need applying pretty near to piercing time. If the artist does not use it normally, but is happy for him to, look into 'delay sprays' sold at sex shops. These are often available at a higher strength for this purpose than if sold for anaesthesia (in the uk at least).

Depending on what piercing it is, it may not be too painful however. A PA or frenum should be a breeze without and pain relief.

 

I haven't suspended yet myself, but can't imagine it'd do much anyway. I imagine any significant pain is related to the weight being borne in that area, below the surface. Whilst i fully accept each mod or ritual is personal regrads the choices of how it is to be done, i think suspension is usually explicitly about the experience. When i suspend i would not want to remove a part of that experience, or feel i had tried to do so.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
April 26, 2011
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He said he wanted a piercing called an Apadravya. I believe that is a vertical piercing through the head. He had read in an article that it was the most painful which is why he is so worried.

 

I only wanted to reduce the pain for the hooks being inserted so that I can get used to a little quicker before the actualy suspension. I know the act will hurt and that I will deal with. I'm just terrified of being pierced, ironic since I have a love of it, so the feeling of the needles/hooks going in freak me out.

April 26, 2011
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Apadrayva, yeah that's gonna sting!

 

How you deal with suspension i your choice, and i don't want to sound like i'm judging, but overcoming that fear can be very rewarding!

What's in our head is so often much worse than the reality!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
April 26, 2011
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JC Alvarez
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I heard it hurts pretty badly, though I don't know anyone with it as fara sI understand it. Unfortunately local laws don't allow for the PA, which is a good step towards the Apadravya, but oddly they do allow for the full piercing. He  is scared all to hell but determined to try it.

 

I know that I need to get over the fear but its a difficult process. Had a very traumatic experience as a child that I've never really gotten over.

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