If you live with Chronic Pain you know all about the Pain Scale-
And too, the ambiguities of it.
Today’s a ” good day”…Does that mean I’m a 5 or am I just being Melo-dramatic?!?
If l’m really having a bad pain day, like I’m dreaming of jumping off a bridge or some such nonsense, does that make me a 10?
Or is 10 “reserved” for those who are literally on fire?
Who knows?!? Where’s the answer key?
For a good laugh on the subject (and others as well) …
check out Hyperbole and a Half:
“0: Hi. I am not experiencing any pain at all. I don’t know why I’m even here.
1: I am completely unsure whether I am experiencing pain or itching or maybe I just have a bad taste in my mouth.”
“9: I am almost definitely dying.
10: I am actively being mauled by a bear.”
“Too Serious For Numbers:
You probably have ebola. It appears that you may also be suffering from Stigmata and/or pinkeye.”