One of the things that I was thinking about last night when I was unable to fall asleep is the communication of pain. How do we communicate our pain to others when it is such a complex thing that might not be able to be rated in the conventional sense of numeric scales.

I know, in my own personal experience that my pain is hard to communicate to others. The inquiry of “where does it hurt?” Is usually met with “absolutely everywhere” while “Whats your pain on a scale from 1-10?” Is met with “a 12” which is frowned upon by the doctor who reminds me that 12 is not between 1 and 10.

It’s also quite fascinating to me how pain plays on the emotions. Some days, my pain makes me ridiculously angry. Other days, there is grief and mourning for earlier days where I wasn’t in pain all the time. Yet pain also has taught me not to take anything for granted and that is something I’m rather grateful for. If someone ever asked me how my pain made me feel (a favorite of therapists), they might get a different answer each day due to the evolution of the pain and what my current mental state is.

I would love a bigger sample set to discuss so I’ve come up with this 20 question survey (should take you about 10 minutes or so). I’ll be sure to share my findings with the group. I really appreciate anyone who takes the time to go through and answer the questions.