There are a number of topics that get repeated many times here on Spine-Health. We try our best to answer all that come up. There are two topics that we see over and over and over again... My Pain Level and my Pain meds dont help me
Describing one's pain level is a very subjective thing. I believe I have enough experience with members here to make the following statements:
- If I tell a doctor or therapist that my pain level is high, they will be more likely to prescribe additional medications
- If I tell a person in the ER that my pain level is 9 they will see me right away False
- I have a pain level 8 or 9 and work 15 hours a day False
- If I had more pain medications I would have no pain False
- I can take my pain medications more often, no one would mind
- Why wont the drugist refill my pain medications? They are not due for 2 more weeks, but I am in a lot of pain ... They should fill my prescription False
The point that I am getting out is that so many people tend to use the pain scale as a means to make themselves seem in bad condition. In reality almost any good doctor can spot if a patient is in real pain or saying they are having high pain levels to get medications.
When ever a pain level goes over 8, you should be under a doctor's care and not by yourself. Yet, I read about members who have pain levels of 8 and 9 and are working 14 hours a day at hard work. It just doesnt work that way.
The more you have been around pain, the better you understand what its all about. Trained professionals can spot someone in pain and can see someone who just wants pain relief. I discuss this with some of the therapists I know and they tell me that they HAVE to ask the patient and that they do realize that manytimes what they hear is not valid. I dont think anything disturbs an educated medical professional more than when someone tells them that their pain level is 8.... They know that is not true. That is NOT to say that the person is not having a lot of pain.
Thats why I am not a big fan of pain scales. Pain Scales are nothing more than report cards. You want to look good.
On report cards you want the best grades on pain scales you want to see to have the worst pain.
Medications alone will NEVER eliminate pain. People think that if they take more and more pain medications that they will have no pain. That has never been the objective of pain medications. At best what they can do is try to manage and control your pain levels.
This entire subject can be very touchy and personal. Coming to understanding all of this is hard. There is no question, that no one wants to be in pain all the time and likewise, there are no medical professionals that want to see their patients in pain.
There has to be and there is a happy medium. Its working together with your doctor/medical professional and being upfront and honest with them. I believe only then can a patient receive what they really need to control their pain.
And many times it is NOT just pain medication.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences