Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How to Understand Someone With Chronic Pain - wikiHow

"Get over the need to give platitudes about the value of exercising and fresh air. For a chronic pain sufferer, "getting out and doing things" does not make the pain vanish and can often exacerbate the problems. Bear in mind that you don't know what they go through or how they suffer in their own private time. Telling them that they need to exercise, or do some things to "get their mind off of it", may frustrate them to tears, and is not correct advice, especially if you're not medically trained and haven't got a clue. If they were capable of doing some things any or all of the time, they would."

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I can't tell you how many reasonably intelligent people have told me to exercise my way back to health, and called me a liar for saying that would actually make matters worse.
In point of fact, I'm already doing more than the experts think I should be doing.  The advice you SHOULD be giving me is "rest more". 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pain Scale Descriptions

Pain Scale by Jeanne Hess, RN

0 Absence of discomfort

1 Mild pain. Under your conscious radar. Does not interfere with
ability to concentrate or perform activities.

2 Discomforting pain. You are periodically aware of discomfort, which
subsides with rest, distraction (pleasant activity, music, conversation),
change of position, etc.

3 Tolerable, yet annoying pain. NOW is the time to treat with
medication in conjunction with comfort measures. Allows best opportunity for
effective pain control with the least medication.

4 Pain has your full attention now. "Why didn't I initiate comfort
measures and medication sooner?"

5 Moderate pain. Constant, sometimes nauseating pain. Lack of
appetite, difficulty concentrating. Begin to isolate self from noise, activity.

6 Grueling, numbing pain. Body tense. Nausea, intolerance for cold,
noise and activity increase, mood sinks and increased withdrawal. "Leave me

7 Miserable, agonizing, gnawing pain. "When is SOMETHING going to

8 Horrible, vicious pain. Jaws clenched, respirations rapid &
shallow. "WHY isn't anything helping?"

9 Consumed by torturing, crushing unbearable pain. "Get me help NOW!"

10 Physiologically intolerable pain. Loss of consciousness.