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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/8/2007 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Help with the Dr. Pain Scale vs. Mine
Before 6 months ago From 6 months Ago
1.No Pain At all 1. See a Dr. Pain
2.Dull Occassional Ache 2. Aggrevaiting Steady
3.See A Dr. Pain 3. MedicationNOTWorking
4.Need Medication Pain 4. Limits daily activity
5.Aggrevating Steady 5. Rude awaking in pain
6.Limiting Activity 6. Want to scream pain
7.Waking You Up Pain 7. Can't sit still pain
Crying 9. Shaking and Crying
10.After Incision Surgery 10. After Surgery Pain

Now first #10 was after say gall bladder surgery while the second #10 is after open heart surgery.

I just can't make sense of the Dr. pain scale when all I have to compare it to is what I have already experienced in life.


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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 9289
   Posted 12/8/2007 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aj,

I'm assuming you are trying to understand someone else's pain scale. That's pretty hard to do like you say, when you have been in pain a lot. This Dr. Pain scale is someone's contrived idea of how pain progresses and yours might not progress the same. Most doctors and hospitals use the 1-10 scale where 10 is the worse pain you've ever felt.

I wouldn't worry about this other scale. You know how to describe it to your doctor and if you use the old 1-10 scale you'll be fine.

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