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Pain scale.... Pain tolerance.

Apr 30, 2017 8:44 PM

I have and I am very sure all of us hear have seen many diffrent versions of 1-10 pain scales. I found one I particularly like and carry with me in my emergency medical files. I attached it hear if you can read it.

To me a pain of 10.0 is black out. The body can no longer handle anymore pain so it shuts down to protect its self. I have had many 10.0 were I have simply blacked out from pain.

My pain started at age 14 with JRA. My pain tolerance is faily high. But I think we all can agree if we have a pain breakthrough of say 6-7 on the pain scale for say a week. Well. We just go nuts and it becomes a living hell 9.9.

I have a lot of friends not in pain asking is it really that bad? I tell them to find a pea sized irregular rock (not smooth... Has jagged sides) put it in your shoe and wear it for a week and never take the shoe off or reach down to adjust it. Sometimes you don't feel it at all. That's a great day! Other times it's an anoyance and hurts and can't do anything about it and drives you nuts. And it's only for a week. Think about that for months... Years... Decades. Then there are times it's just right and you step and it sends you straight upwards in sharp pain. Some times for a while... Hours even.

Few have ever tried it. The few that have have came back and given me a big hug and apologized profusely for being a jerk. They said they can't fully understand but have a much clearer idea of what we go through. For they could always take the little rock out... We Can't.

I just want you all to know that through my daily pain (i have never gone below a pain level of 3 even in the hospital on the best of IV pain meds) I always pray for all of us who suffer in pain. And I don't mean just physical. Mental as well (I'm there as well... Have they have a mental pain chart? Never thought of that before) Bless us all with a calm blissful nights sleep please. We could all use that...

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May 01, 2017 5:45 AM

Do you have a link for that scale as it is a little small to read

May 01, 2017 7:11 AM

Looking for it. It has been a few years. If I find a link will share it hear.

May 03, 2017 5:52 AM

Thanks so much. It truly clarifies the issue. Now to print a copy. My phone doesn't want me to print this off.

May 03, 2017 12:07 PM

I'm glad to help. I hope you can print it off. I take it with me and tell the ER I go by this pain chart not there silly one.

May 05, 2017 9:37 PM

Awesome explanation example! I'll have to suggest it next time to doubters, maybe even provide the gravel for their shoe! Lol 😉

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