Edit: Are there any other stories like this? Better question: Anyone have any experience of this or anything similar? I know this post really doesn't have much more than a "hey look at this", but it's kind of an important leap forward for pain management, rather than a picture of a cat with a melon on its head.
I've recently suffered really badly with an abcsess in my gum and the pain was rediculously intense. To the point where taking pain killers did next to nothing. But I found that if I took pain killers and then played a videogame that required my concentration (in this case it was Counter-Strike source with some friends of mine) I forgot about the pain, forgot about the painkillers, stopped waiting for them to work and eventually I wasn't in any pain before I even realised it.
which is another reason why child's play is so rad:
it isn't just a nice thing to do, it isn't just a way to give kids a method to pass the time while they're stuck in the hospital so they don't have to obsess over their problems
you give that kid a game and you're literally making them hurt less by cheering them up
people who are allergic to anesthetics and the like are often just given lots of mood calming drugs and anti anxieties and nothing else, and it has nearly the same effect.