I'm writing a piece where the MC has his hand cut off by a blade as a form of punishment. I'm interested in how severe the pain is, and how it's processed through the mind of someone as it's happening. Having taken a few glances on the googles, I wonder if you guys have written anything like this, and how you went about it. Can you recommend any pages from where you did your research? Some of the stories I've found don't really focus on the trauma, but instead how they overcame it. I realise that pain is something your body seems to repress after it's happened, but I find it questionable to write something like "it felt like the stump of his arm was being jabbed by knives", when I have no idea if that's how it feels. As far as wound treatment goes, a lot of you guys suggested cauterization of the wound in other threads, but is this really a viable option? Seems like a burn wound on top of an amputation would be more prone to infection. Would be glad to hear your thoughts.