Chronic pain is in the news today. Google Search. It must be a very slow news day because the very word chronic means it isn’t news. News is always current and yesterday’s news is only worth the pulp price of the paper it’s written on. In brief the news is – chronic pain costs Americans a half a trillion dollars per year and more people suffer from this disease symptom than all the others combined. That’s obviously true because most diseases have a component of pain as part of their symptoms.
Part of the problem with pain is that there haven’t been very good ways to compare pain objectively, and because there has been no good measure of pain it has been impossible to track its progress or compare various treatments. The chart below presents various objective ways to measure pain. After you understand these measures of pain you can print out the Pain recovery chart and plot your progress.
Click on the detailed chart below or click PDF below to attain readability.
Pain Scale Intensity Measurement Chart – click here for a printable .PDF.
Print that chart and the one below and then you can track some specific injury over time and note the various treatments as time progresses.
When you measure your pain, and note the symptoms and use the Pain Scale to calibrate your pain, it becomes possible to try different treatments and compare their effectiveness. One of the problems with pain is the difficulty of remembering accurately its intensity.
The mind rebels at remembering pain and so there is little learning.