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Rate your pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Chronic Pain
Just wondering what other people's pain rate is. Whenever I see the PM they ask me to rate my pain. Without meds mine is 7-8. The only thing I have to compare "the worse pain you have ever experienced" is labor pains and kidney stones. Those were rated a big 10!! With my meds I would rate it about 4-5. Didn't know if I was being a wuss....

ACDF C3-7 2007-Symptoms worse now and also now bilateral

Current pain meds include: Lyrica, Hydrocodone and Methadone


  • Don't know about labor pains, but kidney stone i rated a 10 also. It's the way I judge all pain now. Haven't had back issues get that bad but, right now...i'm running a 3-4. That's with meds. This i can function with.
  • Ok-after I had my foot surgeries and the medication wore off the pain was ..I've had 2 kids.First son was born 25 yrs ago today matter of fact-that was a 27 hours of labor and 2 hrs pushing before they did the emergency C section.I've had 3,well 2.5 (lol) shoulder dislocations(I put the 3rd one in myself) and those were bad.Other stuff too,but I'd have to say the days that I had my feet operated on..dang I never swear in posts,I mean what's the point when you have to type it out you know...but when I remember that pain(#!@%)pins and rods and screws all sticking out of the cast...I imagine the bones were pi$$ed at being cut into and chopped off too.I can't compare anything to that.Nothing has ever touched that pain.

    So~ #:S Back to your question.Well,I don't use my feet surgeries as a guide-I mean I was in shock at some moments.When I was at my PM Friday I said 5 because it was drizzling and even though I took my meds I was in a bit of pain.It had been raining for several days at that point I was kinda miserable..but ok too if that makes sense.I really don't compare this pain,it's totally different than any other pain I've had.

    I don't like the pain scale...and that's the first thing he asks me every time,and every time I tell him "I don't like that pain scale" :??
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  • I never really think about it,but that's a good way of putting it Jenny.It's there ALL the time.

    I really don't like to complain either,but geeze~I was going to say that I'd like ONE minute with no pain...but then I thought better of it because forevermore I'd want that minute back I bet :|
  • The wonderfull pain scale. I would have to say I have had the worst pain ever from back pain. I had 3 kids no c-sections. And never felt the pain like I get from my back. I sometimes get pain so bad that I can not breathe in which causes me to pass out. I have only experienced this with low back pain. When its that bad ER is the only route, but on a normal day I would have to say 5-6 semi bad days 7-8. Never have had a day without pain couldn't imange being pain freel.

    I like it when they give you a pic. and tell you to mark where your pain is, I just want to color the whole thing in. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

  • Worst pain was discogram and I cant fathom anything worse than that. I always rate my pain relative to the days leading up to that question from doctors. If I do nothing all day my pain is a 3 to 4, but on this same day if I went to a resurant and there was a bad chair it makes me head to bed and take meds and still cant handle the pain, 8 to 9?

    How do you rate this pain? Can you live a life of quality, yes. Can you live a normal life compaired to most friends and family, no. For me I can do ok with out pain meds, until I start to feel the pain, at this point 15mg of oxycodone and 10mg flexaril and I'm still in tears from pain. who knows?
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  • Well, its hard. My pain tends to be worse when I get up in morning because often I don't take my meds on time in the morning or before going to bed.

    I've been having severe left arm pain and tingling in fingers for about 2 years. I have upcoming cervical spine surgery to deal with it. I'd say at its worst on a scale of 1 to 10 mine gets to 8. Gets to hurting pretty darn bad.

    A new development is that its happening on my right arm now too. I don't know if that is the same C5-C6 area causing that or not. I'll tell my Neuro surgeon when I see him again Nov 4th.

    Ken GreyEagle

    I take Morphine 15 mg 2x a day and Vicodin (don't remember dose) 3x a day, plus Lyrica 100mg 3x a day
  • I agree with some of you that for me it most often is not the level of pain, but just the continuouness of it. After a while it just wears me down so much after a while that I want to scream that I can't take it any longer. For me mornings aren't that bad. I think part of the reason is that the neurotin dose I am on at night helps. It is in the evenings after sitting at a desk facing a computer all day that does it for me.

    But about the pain scale... of course if the pain medication is working my pain isn't that bad. But I am never quite sure if they want to know about my pain without pain meds, my average amount of pain, my pain right at that moment,etc? When I ask they never seem to have a good answer either.

    So, right now on average my pain is about a 5-6.

  • the scale is that some of us have more pain tolerance than others. So what we might rate a 6 or 7 someone with a low pain tolerance may rate a 10. So it is not a good way at all to rate pain.

  • I rate my back pain about 6-7 w/o meds, w/ meds 5 if I am lucky a 4.My gout is in the 9-10 range, my nurse told me she has had 3 kids and has had gout(which is not often in women from what I am told) was worse!!!

    Combined I HURT BAD right now and these 10 mg norcos are not cutting it.
  • I now have 2 different opinions of the pain scale. The one before my last surgery, and the one after. My last surgery was so painful that I just couldn't stand it and that is now what I consider to be a 10. Prior to that surgery, I may have said my pain was anywhere from an 8 to 10 because I didn't know any different. Now if I feel the pain is an 8 to 10, it really has to be BAD! So when doctors ask this, how do they know what that persons tolerance is? What has happened in their past? This is a very good question!
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