This is a really great post explaining pain scale, I have all to frequently got confused and like her have rated my pain too low on the scale, this gives clear defined explanations as well as some examples which makes it easier to rate pain effectively.
Everyone has likely been exposed to the pain scale at some point in their life. You know, the scale from one to ten, that you are supposed to use to explain your pain level to medical professionals.
For those who live with chronic pain, we quickly become VERY familiar with this scale. We see it in hospitals, in doctor’s offices, and those in pain management see and use it on a very regular basis.
The pain scale is important because it is how we explain the severity of our pain to doctors and nurses and hopefully, if used correctly, it helps to guide them in determining appropriate treatment options.
The problem with the pain scale is that there are many different versions and the scale in and of itself is very subjective. What one patient might rate as a 6, another might rate as a 3. That is because most…
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