Do you struggle to describe your pain symptoms to doctors? An article in the Discover Magazine states that doctors are having problems with patients who are unable to report how much pain they are in. Especially: “if they are unable to speak, exaggerating or downplaying their condition, or just plain unsure how to rate their pain on a 10-point scale.”
Describing Your Chronic Pain
Because of these ‘problems’ of self-reporting, scientists are always looking for an objective, physiological way to quantify pain. A brain scanning study has been done to pick out painful experiences based on neural activity. That is, they are looking for types of brain activity that occur in response to pain. In other words, scientists want to learn how to measure pain.
I found this article quite humorous. Picture a fireman at the scene of a horrendous blaze, calculating the exact temperature of the heat, instead of saving the screaming victims and putting out the fire.
I can understand scientists doing studies, because it’s their job to classify and quantify. But, if you are a healthcare provider, it’s your job to listen. Everyone feels and expresses pain differently. This is to be expected.
It’s not the degree of pain (an 8, a 6 or a 3) that’s important, but how it’s diminishing the patient’s quality of life. What to one patient is a 3; but stops them from doing what they want in life, to another patient is a 7; but just a minor nuisance. Because we all experience pain and its’ effects differently, this is why quantifying subjective pain makes no sense.
And as medical professionals, who are we to say that a patient is “exaggerating or downplaying their condition”? Even if they are, how does this affect the course of therapy (unless the patient is being treated by a psychiatrist)? It’s the doctor’s responsibility to find the cause of the pain and then effectively treat it, not to judge the emotional well being or means of expression of the patient who comes for help.
It seems that many medical professionals, especially in the field of chronic pain, are always looking for ways to blame the patient for their own lack of understanding in how to treat chronic pain. When the cause of the pain is known and an effective treatment is given, it’s of little importance how the patient subjectively rates or expresses their pain. It is only important that their pain goes away.
To find out more on my approach to treating chronic pain, read: Professor/Dr. Rothart’s Philosophy And Approach
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Professor/Dr Brian A Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain and The Foots Connection to Chronic Pain