Too Serious for Numbers

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.”

Author: ChronicPainDailyReflections

I manage a web-site, Chronic Pain Daily, created for and in support of those living in chronic pain. The site helps with the day-to-day spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of those with constant pain, whatever its source.