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Measuring Pain

The degree of pain a person feels may vary depending on their condition and their threshold for pain. Recognizing the kind of pain felt in the body helps in determining a suitable treatment for it. Since pain is subjective, by asking yourself a few questions you can get a better understanding of what you are experiencing.

A few questions to assess severity of pain could be:

  1. Is the pain severe or mild?
  2. Where am I feeling this pain?
  3. Am I doing anything to aggravate the pain?
  4. At what time of the day does the pain hurt the most?
  5. Does the pain affect the way I function throughout the day?
  6. How can I find a permanent cure if the pain does not go away?
Some Doctors ask their patients to fill out questionnaires that help them measure and understand the intensity of pain a patient feels. Like for example, with a pain measuring scale, if a patient is suffering from pain on a scale of 1-3, then the pain is mild and may be considered as acute. If the pain is between 4-6, then the pain is moderate. If however, the pain is between 7-10, then the pain is severe and can be considered as chronic. Depending on the responses, treatment of pain will vary from person to person. What may work for one person may not necessarily work for the other. Hence, understanding the pain you experience is crucial towards treating it in a timely and effective manner.

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Pain Measuring Table