I feel yah, especially when you afre learning ts fronts. WOOOHOOO those ones really get to you.
I wear bicycling shorts mostly because I dry faster so I dont have that soggy feeling, but they also help keep things in place. As far as reducing the amount of pain, I doubt it. It especially sucks if you wear a non-uscg vest like the A-10, then you cant even relax, your stuck treading water trying to get over the pain.