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Fri Mar 6, 2015, 12:25 PM

On a scale from 1-10, how's your pain?

I never knew how to answer until I tripped over this chart:


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Reply On a scale from 1-10, how's your pain? (Original post)
hedgehog Mar 2015 OP
hollysmom Mar 2015 #1
postulater Mar 2015 #2
hedgehog Mar 2015 #5
Warpy Mar 2015 #3
hedgehog Mar 2015 #4
Peace Seeker Aug 2015 #6
pnwmom Aug 2015 #7
NCarolinawoman Aug 2015 #8
mrmpa Sep 2015 #9
hedgehog Sep 2015 #10
McCamy Taylor Sep 2015 #11
captain queeg Jan 2018 #12

Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 12:53 PM

1. I like that chart, I think I will print it out and give it to my doctor.

I had knee surgery when I was 30 after months of complaining about horrible pain. When the doctor looked inside, he said it was a mess and I should have had surgery a long time before but he didn't think it was that bad because I didn't complain enough. I guess I was supposed to be n tears all the time. I told him it hurt when I stood, sitting down, not so bad. He came in, I was sitting down, he left I was sitting down, he never saw me walking. He had been recommended to me, but he stunk as a doctor. I find a lot of doctors don't rate pain properly, but this is a great chart.
Thank you.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:24 PM

2. Great chart.

There are other ones for nearly every body part. Many have been validated and are good for clinical use.

Here's an example of one for the knee.

https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/physical-therapy/pdf/hip-lefs.pdf

If your doctor doesn't use something like this, print it out and take it to him / her. Or you can even track your progress yourself.

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Response to postulater (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 8, 2015, 01:51 PM

5. It's always better to have something like this based on function

rather than a vague, "how are you feeling today?" We live in a frog in the slowly boiling pot world; our normal would have some people screaming.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:47 PM

3. I like this one better

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I've had it bad enough that I've started to get shocky and pass out. I live at 3-4 on medication, 6-7 without it. "Too serious for numbers" was when they left me unmedicated for 8 hours after an open appendectomy and then expected me to get up and walk. They had to pick me off the floor.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:39 PM

4. I love that chart, but couldn't figure out how

to copy it from Hyperbole.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 05:27 PM

6. It's better than the chart in my hospital room.

I like it.....anyone have any experience with cyclic vomiting syndrome?

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 04:03 AM

7. I wish I'd had it for my son's recent surgery.

He was totally miserable post-surgery, and I found out he'd only told the doctor he was about a 3. He didn't have any way to put the pain into context and knew that some people could have much worse pain. I explained that the pain number would affect how much medicine he got and I told the nurse that he was at least a 7. On this chart, he'd have been an 8 right after surgery. Too bad he didn't know.

So thank you!

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 07:34 PM

8. at the hospital I usually tell them I'm an 11 o12.

My neurological pain is intractable--breaks through my sleep. I kind of like Warpy's chart.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2015, 05:48 PM

9. today I am at a 10+.........

been crying much today & the vicodin isn't touching the pain at all.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #9)

Tue Sep 8, 2015, 08:02 PM

10. SO sorry to hear that, I wish i could help!

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Sep 9, 2015, 02:53 AM

11. I have migraines and fibromyalgia, so a better question is "How's your mood?"

When I'm smiling, I do not even call it pain. It just is.

When I am stressed, the "is" becomes painful.

Same body, different state of mind.

However, surprisingly, when my mood gets so bad that I am crying, then the pain goes away. Meaning that (functional) pain may have a lot to do with repressed negative emotion.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Tue Jan 16, 2018, 06:03 PM

12. I hate those charts or being asked that question

If Iím asking for pain medication itís because I am in pain, I am not a weenie. A couple years ago I got into oa car wreck. Besides breaking my back I guess the air bag smashed my face. They pulled me out of the car on a board and took me to the ER first priority was getting the bleeding stopped because it had split everything open from the scalp to my nose. He stated stitching it up and got frustrated because I was bleeding so much and the stitches werenít helping. He left and came back with a staple gun and got 15-20 staples into my face. Finally got the blood to stop. I asked him if I could have some pain medicine and his jaw just dropped and he gave me a look like WTF no one asked you about that?

But Iíve had 3 back surgeries and I did get hooked on pain pills back then, so itís i my charts and they donít want to give me anything when I am in real pain. Havenít had that for a little while but at least the surgeon has given me a small script couple times 30-40 5 mg oxycodone. I know that not a very heavy dose at least for me. But I foresee it getting harder and harder to get pain meds when you really need them.

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