How’s your pain on a scale from 1-10 10 being the highest? That is generally the #1 thing a doctor or nurse will ask you. I know I cannot be the only person that is getting a tad bit annoyed with this question. What does this scale really define anyway? Is the doctor going to listen to the number or base it off of how they see you sitting there? Why isn’t the question how is intense is the pain in each problem area. The 10 in my legs might not be as bad as the 20 in my pelvis.
Everyone has a difference in pain tolerance and pain level scale. Someone else one could be my ten. When I had my consultation/ pre-op appointment the doctor suspected I would have stage 4 endometriosis simply based off of my pain. He blocked 2 hours for surgery and it only took 45 minutes. Now anyone who has dealt with multiple surgeries knows that it should never be that short no matter the amount you have. Anywho even the staging system for endo is not equivalent to the amount of pain a person is in.
Someone could have stage 2 like me with stage 4 pain. Vise Versa as well as stage 4 with stage 1 or 2 pain. The one to ten and the stage scales are not fit for each individual. My pain is different from your pain is different from her pain you know what I mean? Yes, it may be in the same place but that doesn’t make it the exact same. From one to ten how much do you agree with my statement?
See I can make a joke too. Essentially that is exactly what that question is to some of us. Ten isn’t everyone’s end number. Speak up and let these doctors and nurses know that your scale isn’t everyone’s scale!
What is your pain scale? Is the pain constant for you? Let me know down in the comments!