I 100% agree to this. I do not understand pain scales and how they apply to me. I've lived with arthritic pain for over 25 years. I've taken every anti-inflammatory on the market. I've been puttering alone on Celebrex and Tylenol Arthritis until 2 years ago, when my back finally went. I've been a geriatric RN since the old days, before mechanical lifts and easily raised beds. My SI joint is shot, and no matter what the pain clinic has done, I still have pain that stops me cold. What number do I give? I keep going, no matter what. Does that make 8-9 unbelievable?
i now take opioids, PRN, that help, kind of. A pain level of 8 is looked at askance when I've driven to my doctor, made small talk with his receptionist, laughed with his nurse, then grimaced and shifted my position repeatedly once the door closes and I'm alone. I DO think narcotics are over-prescribed, but I was YEARS before I agreed to take them. What's the answer?
i manage at work because I'm busy and don't have time. I get home, however, and collapse into a fetal position and cry until the meds take effect.
I just dont know.