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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by SherrieT, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. SherrieT

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    I don't understand the whole pain scale thing. It seems like it could mean different things to different people.
    Right now I just feel like I could break down crying at any moment because of the pain in my knees. But to me that means that is a 5. Because a 10 would mean that I was screaming in pain???

    How could this be relevant but yet mean so many different things to different people???
     
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    Pain is so difficult to translate into universal understanding. Every person feels pain differently and describes their pain differently. No person can truly know what another person is feeling. So medical providers came up with this pain scale that... tries to communicate the uncommunicable.

    It tries. It isn’t perfect. It’s what we got.

    One tip: it’s not important what the pain scale means to you, whether you think your pain is a 5 or an 8. What’s important is what that number means to the person providing your medical care. If they think a 5 is “yeah, some pain but not too bad” and you think 5 is terrible and worthy of pain meds, you have a communication problem. You don’t get the pain meds.

    When using the pain scale, think about how the other person will interpret your answer.
     
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    @SherrieT I totally agree! Why can’t we just use words!!!
     
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    Here's a couple of images that might help:
    Pain scale 3.JPG

    And a "funny" one - not that pain is funny:
    Pain scale 4.JPG
     
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    And a third!

    painscore C.JPG

    However, you've missed the whole point of a pain score. It IS a personal thing. You're not being expected to judge yourself according to a criteria that applies to everybody else. When I was working in the recovery room, we always said that pain is exactly what the patient says it is, not one point more, not one point less! So if you tell me your pain scores 5, that's what it is to me.
     
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    @Josephine and @Celle - Those are hilarious!! Thanks for the laugh.
    The activity tolerance scale is the one I relate to the best to put my pain into those numbers
     
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