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Old 04-07-2013, 12:09 PM
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In my humble opinion - the WORST pain iis the one that you currently have !
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:09 AM
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I think pain is subjective only to the person who is experiencing it. It would be nice if the same pain could be put into people, so these scales would be an effective barometer of measuring pain.

I have had pain in my teeth where the most nerves are, to be a tolerant pain whereas some people who not be able to tolerate. On a scale of 1 to 10, it was a 15.

I remember once being tretaed for a pain in my hip that was excrutiating as the doctor was unsympathic and it went on for nine months until he prescribed a medicine that did work. On a scale of 1 to 10, it was a 25.

All I know is the person who is experiencing the pain is the one who has the best barometer to how much it hurts. These scales the doctors give you is a joke in my opinion.

It is an interesting question as one person rating is a 5 may be another persons 10.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:06 AM
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pain can only be measured by personal experience. The idea that you can imagine the worst possible pain is bogus. I have been unfortunate enough to have experienced many forms of pain and several times thought I could imagine the worst possible only to experience something well beyond the last imagined worst. right now my 10 scale is somewhere beyond the pain of gangrene, which, for me, put kidney stone somewhere around a 4 or 5.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:41 AM
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I suggest you don't try to label pain level Vs the ailment. Pain is dependent on many factors. I'm a little kidney stone factory. I have had stones that were no more than a temporary annoyance right up to that's an 11 on a scale of 1-10.
Old 04-11-2013, 08:00 AM
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So in today's paper I read that doctors are using brain scans to "see" measure pain.

"Independent experts say the research shows a way to measure objectively what is now one of life's most subjective experiences."

I find this fascinating and hopefully a big step towards treating people with chronic or debilitating pain.
Old 04-11-2013, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by gomoho View Post
I have some friends that claim to have a very high pain tolerance. I don't understand how you could make that statement unless you have been involved in a scientific experiment that delivers an equal amount of pain to thousands of people and work with those numbers.

My twinge could be excrutiating for you and vice/versa. Often a doctor will ask you to rate your pain on a scale from 1-10, but I suppose that is so they will know how much medication you might need to relieve said pain. I certainly hope they aren't using that to determine the severity of your condition.

Put this out there for your input that may help me understand this more clearly. It's so awesome to be retired and have the time to think through these things!!!
No two people experience pain the same way. The pain scale is to help in deciding if the pain medication they are giving you is controlling the pain. Adjustments may be needed. It is very important to report pain as soon as you start to feel uncomfortable, you will have better pain management that way.
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