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Over the years I have posted many articles on pain, and I created the Pain Scale below to clarify what pain is, how to measure it, how to control it, and how to predict its probable future duration. Now I want to consider hidden pain: how to identify it, and how to prevent much of it.

Probaway Pain Scale

Pain Scale – For measuring intensity of human pain – click to enlarge and make printable

Previous posts:

Measuring Pain in old people.
Measuring pain in old dying people
Pain Scale for Intensity Measurement and Management
The measured pain level varies with the injury type
The Pain Scale for measuring suffering and alleviation of suffering.

Pain injury muscles

Pain injury to muscles and an estimate of the recovery time.

Risk of death measured by CriSTAL, Glasgow Coma Scale, RTS and START
Swearing eases pain, but causes other problems.

How can you know when someone is in trouble and refuses to acknowledge it? The Pain Charts above would give some idea of when an intervention would be called for, even if the person insisted they were okay. For example, any person who has experienced a physical or emotional PAINS~11 for one minute – Horrible; it hurts so much I have trouble walking – will according to the Recovery Time Chart still be suffering uncomfortable PAINS~5 a year later. These may be below awareness much of the time, but in a quiet time they will assert themselves into consciousness.
How to improve your ACE test score.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences versus Positive Childhood Experiences chart

When we look further into a suffering person’s past, all the way to their childhood, it will become obvious that if the Recovery Time Chart is meaningful, then a single severe beating as a child will have noticeable effects thirty years later. Adverse childhoods probably don’t have a single beating but many, and thus the recovery would be even longer, and perhaps impossible without a deep retraining of the multitudes of automatic habits. Also, habits that form later in life are grounded in the already existing ones, and if these are formed within a world of pain they will be responding with pain-avoidance behaviors rather than love-seeking ones. Once again –

Raise children in an environment supportive of their explorations and comforting of their pains.

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