On Patients with Chronic Pain in the ER, and What it Takes to be Taken Seriously

Last week, my pain had finally been at its all-time high for too long. I had tried all the tricks up my sleeve: entire days of sleep, all the medications (including narcotics) prescribed to me, my monthly injections, massage, ice/heat, exercise, stretches, and meditation. It was a snowy day, so my doctors’ office was closed.…

Oh Wow- This Pain Scale is Pretty Great

Oh Wow- This Pain Scale is Pretty Great I’m keen on getting this scale (or this kind of scale) to become the new standard. Help, reblogging, and ideas about how to proceed would all be much appreciated.   Mankoski Pain Scale: 0 – Pain Free 1 – Very minor annoyance – occasional minor twinges. No…

Rethinking the Traditional Pain Scale

Rethinking the Traditional Pain Scale I have mixed feelings about some of the proposed methods for communicating about pain, but I’m glad the traditional pain scale is being rethought. I would prefer a scale with one or two sentences per pain level, to make sure patient and doctor are speaking the same language. See my…