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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rate one to ten

I'm sorry I haven't posted in forever! I've been so busy this summer, I was hoping it could have been one of those summers when I would get to relax, but obviously not! I'm working at du splash over the summer to save for a car. Anyways I have thought this coming topic a lot and I thought I'd share :)

I really hate it when doctors ask me to rate my pain on a scale of 1-10! Because as easy as it sounds to just spout off some number that sounds appropriate, once you think about it, it's a really difficult decision! For one thing you don't want the doctor to think you're not in any pain, because in reality you really are in pain, you also don't want to go too high because you don't want the doctor to think you're full off it either. Secondly a six for you might actually be someone else's eight, because if you have been in worse pain before, something that could be really painful for one person wouldn't, in comparison to other pain you have felt, be that painful to you. Another thing if you have had that pain for a while and constantly, doesn't it also make sense that you would become accustomed to it and, seem to diminish over time? So really a six for you could actually mean a lot more pain than it sounds because you are used to worse. And what happens when you can hide your pain really well and finally decide to give a nine? Does the doctor actually believe you? Does he/she just think you're some kind of Drama queen? I know I would! So for the reasons I have discussed the rating system for pain is seriously flawed, or at least it seems that way for me! Maybe I just think about things WAY too much. I'm not sure I'll ever figure that one out, because honestly we come back to the same problem, there is just no full-proof way to figure out that one, after all when does one really think too much? Maybe everyone else doesn't think about things enough. I guess we'll never know the answer to that one either!  


  1. Haha, interesting thoughts. However, just like you said, the pain scale is easily adaptable to ANY person and ANY pain level. If its an 8 for me and unbearable, they'll help me out. If my 8 is a 3 for you, well, then you obviously don't really need much and its fine. Its more subjective than objective, so its kinda left to you (the patient) to say whether you need to be drugged up or not! haha.

  2. It's true, I guess this is something I should worry less about!!!