The Pain Scale

Another scale to avoid!If you are living with chronic pain, you’ve surely been asked to rate your pain levels or perhaps keep a daily log to track the ups and downs. On a scale of 1-10, what’s your pain level today?

I hate to do it. I hate to keep track of my pain levels.  Everyday, I have to evaluate how I felt, how well I was able to function and if I ate something (like a brownie) that triggered more head pain and made everyhting worse. It forces me to focus on the pain when all I want to do is forget about it, distract myself, and go on living. 

Keeping my eye on the pain scale takes away my ability to minimize the pain at the end of the week. I have to look at the chart hanging on the fridge and say “not a low pain week, huh?” If it isn’t there, staring me in the face, I can say instead, “Not such a bad week. ” Luckily, my memory doesn’t serve me too well. It’s only after a week of really intense pain that I may start to say I’ve been having a few bad days.

After all, it could be worse.

It surely has been worse.

So this week I’m not going to mention my pain on a scale of 1-10 to anyone. I am not going to discuss high pain / low pain days. I am simply going to enjoy this week as best I can. I am going to be as productive as possible. I’m going to be enthusiastic. Ooops. Let’s try that again. I’m going to be enthusiastic!!!

I don’t quite feel it yet. I’ll keep working on it.

In the meantime, I am trying out some new meds, for the first time in 3 years. So far, I’m….oh, wait. I just said I wasn’t going to refer to any pain levels. Well, you’ll have to wait for the next post for an update (which will likely be a rant about side effects). Let’s just say I’m having a good week. And my fridge is only home to pictures of my darling daughters and the number for my favorite pizza place.


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  1. I just had to do a pain diary and used a private twitter account (as recommended by a friend of mine). I was so proud, I actually managed to keep up with it for a month (he wanted two, but just like you, I HATE focusing on my pain). I went to give it to my doc yesterday and he gave it back to me saying that I didn’t follow his form and it was ‘inefficient’ for him to locate patterns if he has to read all this stuff. Uhm… hello???? I had to LIVE IT, what’s his problem? So, I’m pissed and though he has asked me to repeat this process, I am not going to. I know that I do not have any ‘triggers’, I’ve had this problem for over half my life (17 years to be exact). Anyway, doc thinks I might have rebound headaches from taking ibuprofen everyday since they began so I’m going to be hospitalized for 1-5 days for DEH protocol. I sure hope he’s right, and the headaches magically disappear. He promises that the process is relatively mild and does not have much in the way of withdrawl symptoms, we shall see. I’m a bit scared, but willing to try anything to get rid of this pain! I’ll keep you posted.

    • Hi Christine! I’m growling at your doctor for not taking the time to look at your pain diary. I wouldn’t do it again either. You know yourself, you know your triggers(or lack there of) and he should simply listen to you.
      There is a lot of talk in the news lately about rebound headaches. I hope that this treatment helps you. I would be a little scared as well, but as long as it isn’t an invasive or painful treatment, it is worth a shot.
      I hope the headaches magically disappear too! For years I have held on to the idea that the headache will vanish in a moment, as quickly as it appeared.
      Good luck and keep me posted!

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