Pain Scale

Everyone has likely been exposed to the pain scale at some point in their life.  You know, the scale from one to ten, that you are supposed to use to explain your pain level to medical professionals.

For those who live with chronic pain, we quickly become VERY familiar with this scale.  We see it in hospitals, in doctor’s offices, and those in pain management see and use it on a very regular basis.

The pain scale is important because it is how we explain the severity of our pain to doctors and nurses and hopefully, if used correctly, it helps to guide them in determining appropriate treatment options.

The problem with the pain scale is that there are many different versions and the scale in and of itself is very subjective.  What one patient might rate as a 6, another might rate as a 3.  That is because most people don’t really have a good understanding of what each level means. 

I recently discovered a wonderful version of the pain scale in one of the chronic pain support groups that I am a member of on Facebook.  It helped me to better understand what each number means.  I actually discovered that I frequently rate my pain too low.  Other members found that they have been rating theirs too high.  I decided to share it, in hopes that it might help others to more accurately rate their pain levels in the future.

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Wishing you all a low pain level day.  ❤

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