Silver Silver
order now Order Now
Logo
Published
July 17, 2016

How to Communicate About Pain

It’s difficult to find the right words to describe pain intensity.

"Tell me how much it hurts"

 

It’s difficult to find the right words to describe pain intensity. That’s why getting the right treatment starts with effective communication.

 

Pain treatment isn’t one size fits all, so doctors often press patients for more details. “Pain is subjective,” says Kathleen Cowling, D.O., director of the residency program at Central Michigan University and an emergency physician at the Covenant Medical Center in Saginaw, Mich. “I can’t measure it like I would blood pressure.” Here’s what to tell your doctor: 

 

How Intense It Is: You’ll first be asked to rate your pain, usually on a scale of 0 (no pain) to 10 (the worst you’ve ever had). Otherwise, say that it feels mild, moderate, intense, or the maximum—the worse pain possible.

 

What It Feels Like: Is the pain sharp and stabbing, a dull ache or throbbing? It could be from injuries to muscles, tendons, bones, or ligaments, such as a pulled muscle, a torn tendon, or an inflamed joint. Tingling, burning, pinpricks, or shooting pain that feels like a shock can indicate pinched or damaged nerves.

 

It Hurts Where: Identify where it hurts and pain spreads to other areas. Neck pain that radiates to your left arm could signal a problem with disks that cushion your spinal column.

 

What Makes It Better: If you’ve had pain for a while, explain what methods you’ve used to treat it and whether they worked. 

 

When It Started: The last piece of information to give your doctor is about the first time you noticed the pain. Be precise, and describe what you were doing at the time you first noticed it. For example, neck pain that worsens during exercise could be a clogged artery. 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor's Note: This article and related materials are made possible by a grant from the state Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program, which is funded by the multistate settlement of consumer-fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin (gabapentin). 

 

This article was originally published in June 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

 

You Might Also Like
Specials
will
Willie Wednesday

Every Wednesday in January 2020 is a Willie Wednesday in Silver Stem Fine Cannabis Fraser.

View Details View Details
wana
Wana Edibles Special

Stop by our Nederland dispensary and enjoy a sweet deal - get 25% OFF Wana Tarts and Wana Drops

View Details View Details
999
Love's Oven Deal

Month Long Promo от Love's Oven  an incredible special offer for locals and visitors of our beautiful town of Nederland.

View Details View Details
Enter the Raffle
Raffle Winners Announced

Win an Ounce of our Fine Cannabis every month for a YEAR!

View Details View Details
Early
Early Bird Special for Medical Customers

To ensure that our medical customers get the best value we offer a happy hour discount at our Med locations - Denver East, Denver SW, and Littleton

View Details View Details
El Sol Labs
El Sol Labs Price Reduction

Enjoy wax and shatter grams from our beloved partner El Sol Labs - now at the most incredible price.

View Details View Details
Deals in Silver Stem Fine Cannabis Portland
Portland Deals

Daily and Regular Discounts in Oregon

View Details View Details
Shatterday. Cannabis Concentrate Saturday
Shatterday

Every Saturday - purchase three grams of concentrates (excluding cartridges and bubble joints), and get one for a penny!

View Details View Details
Golden Ounce 2
Golden Ounce

Buy 7 grams, get 1 for a penny on select concentrates

View Details View Details