Why I’m Dumping The Numeric Pain Scale As A Chronic Illness Patient

Good post about chronic illness and chronic pain

This Little Lyme of Mine

We’ve all been there, sitting on the exam table as the nurse goes through the usual list of questions. Then there it is, the question I despise more than anything: On a scale of 0-10, how would you rate your current pain level? Many of us worry about giving the wrong answer, or at least the wrong impression. We don’t want to be perceived as whiners, hypochondriacs, and especially not drug seekers. We want our pain taken seriously and taken care of. While I do share these concerns, I find another concern to be of more importance.

The traditional numeric pain scale is really only meant for measuring acute pain. It is useless when it comes to the realm of chronic pain. When we battle pain for a long period of time, our perception of that pain changes, so what may have previously been a 7, we now consider to be…

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