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The Mc Gill Pain Questionnaire

JohnJJohn Posts: 964
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Pain Management
This attempts to evaluate our individual perception of pain, which is characterised by “a distinctive constellation of words “interestingly similar for separate conditions, a grammatical measure. We are developing on this forum an understanding of the measure of our pain as 1 or 10 and increasingly this is helpful.




  • We all have a different perception of pain levels so it appears very hard (if not impossible) to compare pain levels between people. Some people have a very low pain threshold and some have a very high pain threshold.

    I am bemused when people say that their pain level is +10 (I am not making fun of them, as clearly they are in extreme pain) but it demonstrates that there is not a clear understanding of the pain measurement scale of 1 - 10.

    The McGill Pain Questionnaire attempts to create a standardised way of measuring pain levels but I still think that it is quite subjective.

    Personally I prefer the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) as a more practical way of measuring how we are doing as pain translates to disability and it is disability that really impacts upon our life. http://www.chirogeek.com/001_Oswestry_20.htm

    This is not to say that we do not need a measurement of pain - we do. Just for me, I have not looked too much into it.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • One person's pain may very well be another person's daily life. Like my father was living his entire adult life in pain and nobody knew it. He just thought it was normal to feel what he was feeling. He now has 2 titanium rods in his back that support his spine. Me on the other hand, I am what most would refer to as a baby. If I experience any pain, I do something about it. So what I'm saying is that a level 2 for my father would be a level 9 for me.
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