OK, so I have no idea what it actually feels like to be poleaxed. I suspect I would not have felt a whole lot in truth, if someone had actually swung a 7' long medievel axe and hit me in the lumbar area.
But it still hurt.
On a completely unrelated note, I have updated my links in the right-hand column. Specifically, I have added a link to a blog written by a very close friend, whose opinions and convictions are very close to my own. You might enjoy his POV, you might not, but you will definitely be enlightened by reading it.