THEY ASK YOU TO RATE YOUR PAIN
ON A SCALE OF ONE TO TEN
How do you do that? Here is my practical effort to break it down.
0 When you ask me if I’m in pain, and I look for it, but can’t find it. No Pain!
1 When you ask me if I’m in pain, and I look for it, but surprise, I do find it.
2 The pain is always there, but if I’m engaged in something—conversation, article, whatever—it fades to the background.
3 Now the pain intrudes into what I’m doing. It’s not awful, but I lose focus.
4 I can’t sit in this chair now, I’ve got to get up and move around. (Often when having dinner out.)
5 Now all I can do is focus on the pain—I’ve got to lie down, apply heat, take meds, whatever—the pain has to go.
6 I’m rolling around and groaning, (but not yelling yet). This is Kidney Stone pain.
7 I’m on my way to the hospital now. Something must be done.
8 I’m yelling, “God it hurts,” trying to get someone to do something. I can’t. (I could get sick to my stomach.)
9 That pain after neck surgery when you move your head quickly—complete nerve pain—a Jolt, Blinding, Disorienting, and Elicits Screams.
10 I have no idea, I’ve passed out.