So I have always had a thing going. When the Pain gets Above a 6 I take my Medicine. If it is below a 6 , I take a hot shower, use my heating pad, go for a walk etc.
My Goal is to keep the Pain at around a 4.I have 4 Children. One with medical problems, 2 high functioning Aspies, and a normal daughter who is hitting puberty early. So I need to be able to move around quite a bit.
So what is your bearable Pain Level?
At What level do you say Hmm I can't Wait for my Meds. When do you take them Early? Before Cleaning? Mowing the Lawn?
What sets Off your Pain?
Do you ever feel like the 0-10 Scale does not Accurately convey your pain levels to your Doctor? The Scale is supposed to be the worst pain you have ever had in your life is a 10, 0 Is No Pain. Lets be realistic here, none of us are EVER A 0!
So for those of us who have had multiple surgeries and have been in Unbearably severe pain, how can we match that. How can the Doctor know that we have been in that type of Pain. Would a Generalized Pain Scale not be better, with the patient able to also rate themselves as high, normal or low Pain Tolerance. I have a High tolerance I have built up over time, as do 90% of us here.
I just feel as if the pain scale is not as accurate as it could be for pain.
Ive literally walked around on a broken foot and ankle and when I gave the Pain a rating of 6, meaning I needed pain relief but could deal with it, The Doctor told me don't be a Martyr. If only he knew, if only.
Feel free to Answer anything you are comfortable answering. My hope in asking was to see how other Deal with Pain and the Numbers and Medications that come with it. Who knows we pay learn from each other something new