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Questioning Sanity - or at least scoring

Jan 21, 2015 2:16 AM

Hi All,

Does anyone else question their sanity or objectivity when updating their pain diary?

My pain moves around a bit, mainly in terms of intensity, though recently has started affecting different areas. This got me thinking? Is the 'worst pain imaginable' rating something you question as intensely as I do? If I'm suffering from really severe pain, I can usually imagine something worse by the time I'm able to fill in the diary, but at the time I can't as it takes so much effort to fight it.

Do if I'm in 4 or 5 for a few days (or most of the time), change what is a 4 or 5 as if I'm in 4 most of the time it kind of dulls whereby I know it hurts but as I've got used to it to be a 4 next week would mean it was worse. Kind of like when you walk into somewhere with a bad smell. After a while your brain ignores it.

Does this resonate with any of you?


Jan 21, 2015 8:23 AM

Oh yes it does! I hardly ever score worse pain imaginable. The highest I've had is like an 8.5 maybe 9 when I am flaring. I have to think there is always something worse! I also think our bodies (brain) gets used to the pain so it feels less? Good question/thought!

Jan 21, 2015 8:28 AM

I agree... As the years go by and you have a pain level of 6 or higher, your brain does get used to it. I think if someone who didn't have pain was stricken with the magnitude of pain 8.5 that I suffer most days, they would go to the hospital thinking they were dying. Unfortunately, I think that while fighting the pain to get through our days, we become accustomed to that level of pain and deal with it. I am ALWAYS saying there's always someone worse off.

Jan 21, 2015 8:38 AM

Jesswoo & AlwayZ couldn't have said it better. I only score above an 8 if I'm headed to the emergency room.

Jan 21, 2015 11:52 AM

Thanks all, my 4 & 5 above were for the colourings. I'm typically between a 6 (good day) and 8 (awful day) on a scale from 1 to 10. Trouble is I can't remember the pain from a few days ago to see if the 7 today is the same as 4 days ago.

You've got to say that the brain is impressive that it can treat intense pain as the norm and only react to the significant spikes.

Keep fighting - can't have our bodies beating us !!!

Jan 21, 2015 12:19 PM

Unfortunately there's always something worse in everything when I was younger I thought I was in the worst pain imaginable but during 04 I was close to death that whole year just from my pain so there's always worse pain and our bodies do adapt to pain after a while the human body is always adapting to outside stimulus

Jan 21, 2015 12:23 PM

I generally put a pain score on the last page with the notes. I tend to do something like " back is about a 5, ribcage at 7, migraine at 7" due to having different pain in different areas. Not sure that this helps but I just muddle through it.

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