tyrantblade

How much pain is too much?

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Just wondering how much pain is enough to where you complain, go see a doctor, etc.

Me, I would likely complain or at least show signs of pain at a 7 or high.

To want too see a doctor, probably more like a 9 that keeps hurting for a long time; probably just because I'm stubborn.

3 worst pains of my life, 1. Wisdom teeth, and then the other 2 would be when I sprained my right hand and this big cut in my mouth that's been plaguing me for over a week, but only felt really painful the last two days.

Right now I'm managing it and seeing my Orthodontist tomorrow to get the issue dealt with (sharp end piece of wire).

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This is a great question. 

I think it depends on the person ... everyone has a different pain threshold.

45 minutes ago, tyrantblade said:

Right now I'm managing it and seeing my Orthodontist tomorrow to get the issue dealt with (sharp end piece of wire).

That must be very painful!  I'm glad you are seeing your orthodontist tomorrow to get it taken care of.

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6 minutes ago, melissaw72 said:

This is a great question. 

I think it depends on the person ... everyone has a different pain threshold.

That must be very painful!  I'm glad you are seeing your orthodontist tomorrow to get it taken care of.

Worst sharp piece of end wire to date, I looked in my mouth to see why and it's a long cut, but not particularly deep, doesn't seem infected and not bleeding either.

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Like San I don't go to the doctor often enough. I've managed to crack my heel (got hit by a lot of force at work) and I walked on it for a while until I got home... and then I couldn't put weight on it for almost a week. I figured that since there was nothing they could do for it, really, that I could just leave it alone. So I did.

I cracked my shin once, also at work. I limped for four days but it gradually went away. My shin still feels bumpy and strange to run your fingers down. I tore a structure in my hip. That one sent me to the doctor. I'm too scared to get it fixed though. It aches most of the time and affects my ability to walk.

I've dealt with strains and sprains and scratched corneas on my own. I wouldn't recommend screwing with your vision like that.

I'm also a torture survivor. I've been electrocuted, and been badly hurt in other ways. I didn't have the opportunity to go to a doctor. Instead, I ended up crazy.

Generally speaking, if you have to ask if you should go to a doctor, then generally you should go. I find it helpful to have a healthcare advocate who not only goes with me and who is authorized to speak on my behalf, but who can tell me when I should go in the first place.

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@tyrantblade ... How are you doing?  Did you see the orthodontist?

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I can't make heads or tails of those "On a scale of one to ten" things doctors are always wanting you to use. I have done some remarkably painful things in my life, including breaks, tears, cuts, dislocations and subluxations. And I have a high pain threshold, and I fucking hate the doctor, so I don't go when I should.

When doctors ask how much it hurts, I always find myself trying to explain it in terms of thing I've already done. They listen and nod, and then say "So on a scale of one to ten-" and just to make sure I don't have to add "Hurt my knuckles punching a doctor in the face" to my list, I made up my own scale, so I can refer to it when I'm maybe not thinking straight. I encourage everyone to do the same. Mine goes like this:

1.    I swallowed some half-chewed raw carrot wrong. I need a drink of milk.

2.    Damnit! I just stepped on a Lego, barefoot.

3.    I bent one of my toes back running up the stairs.

4.    I just bit the hell out of a spot on my cheek I’ve been biting all week.

5.    My TMJ is bothering me enough that I can’t ignore it.

6.    That disc in my neck that slips around so that I can feel the process making a lump on the side of my neck has moved again, and I’m having a lot of trouble sleeping or even working/watching T.V. comfortably. It actually feels pretty bad. (This is about the point when I'll make a non-urgent appointment to see someone. It usually ends up being my chiropractor, but this level of pain occasionally means a respiratory infection needing antibiotics, so I have to keep that in mind.)

7.    This is as bad as a week-old broken rib.

8.    This is as bad as having a toenail ripped off when you didn’t even see it coming. (At this point, someone had better be offering me pain meds.)

9.    This hurts like that time in 6th grade when I had my worst patellar subluxation. It really, really hurts.

10.  This is like when I was in judo and I got my elbow and shoulder dislocated at the same time! I need help! It hurts so much! (Now I need surgery.)

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17 hours ago, melissaw72 said:

@tyrantblade ... How are you doing?  Did you see the orthodontist?

Yes, the wicked cut in my mouth healed within a week once I got the sharp wore end cut off.

Now my only annoying and painful problem is my messed up foot, I'll tell the Dr when I go to my appointment, maybe they will do something this time because insoles only multiplied the pain.

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20 minutes ago, tyrantblade said:

Yes, the wicked cut in my mouth healed within a week once I got the sharp wore end cut off.

Now my only annoying and painful problem is my messed up foot, I'll tell the Dr when I go to my appointment, maybe they will do something this time because insoles only multiplied the pain.

I'm glad that healed ... and that there wasn't any infection.

I hope your foot gets taken care of also!

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I, too, get frustrated at trying to explain how much something hurts. I really like @Gearhead's scale. The only thing I would throw in is that sometimes the deciding factor for me is time. How long has something been hurting, not just how bad, you know? Like, the feeling of biting the inside of your cheek where it was already swollen from doing that again... hurts a lot, but not worth seeing a doctor. Because the pain doesn't last, it's momentary. If something hurts that bad and keeps hurting that bad, I would be seeing a doctor more quickly. 

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1 hour ago, Geek said:

I, too, get frustrated at trying to explain how much something hurts. I really like @Gearhead's scale. The only thing I would throw in is that sometimes the deciding factor for me is time. How long has something been hurting, not just how bad, you know? Like, the feeling of biting the inside of your cheek where it was already swollen from doing that again... hurts a lot, but not worth seeing a doctor. Because the pain doesn't last, it's momentary. If something hurts that bad and keeps hurting that bad, I would be seeing a doctor more quickly. 

I take time into account, too...usually by not going to the doctor soon enough. At least I've learned to go promptly if something is sticking out at a funny angle.

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Helpful pain scale for me.

 

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Hey, that scale is the most helpful I've seen. I should find a way to keep it handy for when I'm asked to describe my pain.

The downside to pain scales is that they don't really describe mental anguish. Y'know, I may be at 0 for physical pain, but my pain is a 9 mentally. And that's not what they're looking for. Hell, even *when* you go in for mental health.

Anyway, the only times I've been in significant physical pain were with a massive headache, with a really bad infection in my mouth, when I was in labor, when I had severe muscle pain during pregnancy, and when I had really bad back spasms. Those hovered around 8-9. They were major situations. I went to the hospital for labor (of course) and urgent care for the muscle pain. With the back spasms, I technically went to urgent care, but I left when I found out it was a considerably longer wait than normal. With the mouth infection, I waited a week before seeing the dentist. With the headache, I just sucked it up because, as my grandma had told me, I was too young to have headaches (17-18 at the time).

Right now, I often have pain at a 7 level. I mostly let it happen because I know nothing can be done for it, and doctors can't explain it. It'll go away while I sleep as long as I can just achieve that state. However, if I experienced a level 7 pain right now, I'd probably at least try to get to urgent care, unless I was fairly certain they couldn't help me, or it would go away on its own.

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I can't really explain mental pain at all. Physical pain is easier but still difficult. So much of the time I am just numb to it all that none of it even matters. Trying to explain that to doctors and shrinks is the most painful part of all. They won't take that as an explanation at all.

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I love the hyperboleandahalf pain scale but I'd be terrrified to use it at the doctor's office. 

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Hyperboleandahalf is my favorite pain scale ever ever ever, hands down. Thanks for reminding me about it.

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Interestingly I haven't seen my regular doctor in a few years.

But I'm always at the PDoc.

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The worst pain I ever had was in my stomach area, it was probably a 10 on a scale of 1-10. I was writhing around on the floor, my whoel face red, sweating, I couldn't stop moving. if I stopped, the pain would be worse. The ONLY thing that helped was a hot bath or shower fixed specifically on the area of concern. It turned out (after TWO trips to the ER) that it was gallstones - one of the stones had traveled and gotten stuck in my biliary tube, and the other was just chillin' in the gall bladder. They removed the gallbladder and there was still pain, so they removed the one from the biliary tube too, using a balloon. The pain before surgery was so awful that morphine did *nothing*, so they had to put me on synthetic heroin which helped bring the pain down to a 5. 

The pain scale is so subjective. I am a weenie, and have a low threshhold for tolerance, while my girlfriend has a high tolerance for it and can stand it up to about a 7 or 8 before it becomes bothersome. Me... when I get pain that's a 5 I become whiny and moany and ask to go to the doctor. Usually the answer is no, and to "buck up". 

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On 6/22/2017 at 6:17 PM, Chantho said:

With the headache, I just sucked it up because, as my grandma had told me, I was too young to have headaches (17-18 at the time).

 

My dad said he never got a headache until he was 20 years old. I found that hard to believe, because I had been getting headaches since I was about 6 or 7. I think the 'too young to have headaches' thing is an old wives tale. Except my dad was the anomaly. Especially since they don't know the cause of them, but know they are vascular. That should say, at least to me, that if they don't know how exactly they work and what causes each one, then they can't say for sure someone younger can't have them, either. 

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