I have no concept of the pain scale, like…I just realized that last week I said I was in especially awful hip pain and when my pt asked to rate it I said “3”. And then this week I said I felt a lot better than last week and when she asked me to rate it I said “3”. I really don’t know what the numbers are supposed to be. I know it’s supposed to be out of ten but like. I think I rate the pain by what time of the day it is. Like “i will rate the pain I’m in at a 5 at the end of the day, so compared to what my pain level will be later, what I’m feeling right now is a 3.” I also think i rate in overall pain rather than specific pain? Like, systemically I’m at a five. Some parts will be worse or better but i just rate it all at five because that’s the average
MUCH better than those stupid smile faces.
This is amazingly helpful.
Please show this to children. I could have used this when I was in the hospital with mastoiditis.
Like your asking a child to tell you what level of pain they are in?? All I know if I want to scream and go to sleep
My life exists on the border between 5 and 6. Sometimes it’s worse, but rarely ever better than a 5. A 4 is a good day.
I always thought the “rate your pain” thing was a bit pointless because my 5 could be someone else’s 7, but seeing it explained like this has made it a lot clearer. Thankfully, my doctors don’t ask me to rate my pain; instead they test how tender my stomach is by pushing on it gently and seeing how I react (ie. If I winced or say it hurt ect.).