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    Old 12-01-2003, 10:31 AM   #1
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    Using The Pain Rating Scale- interesting reading

    Ok, so by now we all know about the 1-10 pain rating scale. But I wanted to share some interesting reading material that my physical therapist gave me about the scale. It was a booklet about using the scale correctly. I thought it would have been nice if someone had given me this in Feb 2002 when I first got injured, but better late than never.
    I always thought that "0" was no pain and "10" was the worst pain you've ever had. My PT tells me that "10" means that you feel like you need to be in the emergency room. News to me! "Worst pain you've ever had" and "emergency room" are two different things to me. How about you? I've always found this scale a little confusing, but I guess its the best we've got, since it is SO difficult to communicate pain levels accurately. One person's "5" could be another person's "9."

    Anyway, the part of the booklet I found interesting was this:
    "Everyone is different. Many people need a pain rating of 3 or less to be able to function without problems. Studies show that ratings of 4 or higher make it difficult for patients to carry out daily activities."
    (Adapted from McCaffery M, Pasero C. Pain: Clinical Manual 2nd ed., 1999: Mosby, Inc.)

    Has anyone heard this theory before? Sounds about right to me!
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    Old 12-01-2003, 10:57 AM   #2
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    Re: Using The Pain Rating Scale- interesting reading

    Thanks for the info. I'm seeing a PMD tomorrow and this helps me better know how to rate my pain.
    Thanks again,
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    Old 12-01-2003, 11:20 AM   #3
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    Re: Using The Pain Rating Scale- interesting reading

    Interesting! My doc uses the smiley faces and doesn't use numbers. He says people interpret numbers differently. I'd think a 10 would be extreme pain but I never associated it with ER. I'm always down on the left hand side or a normal face, no smilies, just 1-2. Lately I feel like it's just a slight frown. The doc says he has children with rsd too so he prefers to use faces with everyone, easier to interpret.

    I'm sure there are some on the board here who have 10 plus but I don't know if they go to ER. I'll be curious to see responses on this one.

     
    Old 12-01-2003, 06:05 PM   #4
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    Re: Using The Pain Rating Scale- interesting reading

    I always had a problem understanding the pain scale. I always would just tell my dr I hurt like h***!!!!!

    I hope everyone has a peacefull restfull night.

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    Old 12-01-2003, 06:14 PM   #5
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    Re: Using The Pain Rating Scale- interesting reading

    I like the just faces thing too personally. It's easier to just point to the face of what you're feeling at the moment instead of trying to put a number to it.
    Normally, my pain level is at a 4-5 most days and I've gotten used to that now and can deal with it, but when it hits 6, I'm kind of testy, at 7 + I need something for pain cause it's just too much for me.
    Yes, people do experience pain so differently and my 4-5 could be another person's 9-10. I know someone like that. Her pain tolerance is extremely low!!!
    I wish every dr would do faces cause my pain level would have to be at like a 15 for ER time!

    Karen

     
    Old 12-01-2003, 08:22 PM   #6
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    Hi Everyone,

    Personally, I hate this stupid pain scale. In the first ten to fifteen years of my having this, I was never asked to rate my pain. Maybe that's why I hate it (I'm not a big one on change). Anyway, I base my numbers on 10 being the worst pain I've had because that's the only way I can relate the numbers. It takes a lot for me to go to the ER so that wouldn't work for me. I've been close to a diabetic coma a few times and I really fought my family wanting to take me to the ER so that just doesn't help me.

    Thanks for the info though, Lefty. It's always good to hear new info. I just hate this pain scale!!!

    Sharon :cat:

     
    Old 12-02-2003, 06:41 AM   #7
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    Have you guys seen this REAL RSD pain scale???????????

    [url]http://www.rsdcare.org/McGill%20Pain%20Index.html[/url]

    The 1-10 doesn't fit me at ALL!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Old 12-03-2003, 06:40 PM   #8
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    Re: Using The Pain Rating Scale- interesting reading

    I think the 1 - 10 pain scale they make us use is stupid too. Why don't they just ask if our pain is good, fair, bad, very bad, or horrid or something along those lines?

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    Old 12-03-2003, 07:11 PM   #9
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    Good idea, woot-head!

    Sharon :cat:

     
    Old 12-03-2003, 08:54 PM   #10
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    Tanks Cat-Head!

    Woot, The Eyebrowless One

     
    Old 12-04-2003, 07:01 PM   #11
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    Woot-head, you're too funny. My sister and I say "tanks" all the time!

    Sharon :cat:

     
    Old 12-04-2003, 08:18 PM   #12
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    When I was on AOL all the time years back, I started doing that cause it was shorter to type.

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    Old 12-05-2003, 06:25 PM   #13
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    Hi woot-head.

    Too funny. We don't want them to think that now, do we?

    Sharon :cat-head:

     
    Old 12-11-2003, 03:33 AM   #14
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    Definitely not!!

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    Old 12-11-2003, 05:43 AM   #15
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    Re: Using The Pain Rating Scale- interesting reading

    I've used the smilies and the numbers. I am usually an 7-8. I think of it as how the pain feels all the time and that I am unable to function normally.
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