I don't know if I've ever mentioned it on this blog before, but I hate when doctors ask me to "rate my pain on a scale of 1 to 10." I hate it even more when they give you that little chart of faces to use as a reference point. Umm....I feel most like sad face number 6? Except sad face number 6 looks constipated.
Since I live with pain every single day, I think pain that someone else might describe as a 9 or 10, because it is so unusual to them, might only be a 6 or 7 to be because I'm so used to dealing with pain. But that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. And, just because I'm trying to be optimistic and smile and joke and not be miserable about this pain-causing disease that will be with me for the rest of my life doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.
However, if you tell the doctor that your pain is only at a 6 or 7, they basically ignore you (at least in my experience. Oh, and also supported by research in the New York Times.) But then if you tell the doctor your pain is a 9 or 10 to get them to take you seriously, but you're so experienced with dealing with pain that you're not rolling on the floor sobbing, they don't believe you either. Awesome. Hence, I hate that 1 to 10 scale. As long as me picking a number is going to result in you having no idea how much pain I'm in anyways, I'm just not doing it.
In any event, aside from complaining about the 1 to 10 scale for no apparent reason, the point of this post is to share something hilarious a friend sent me. Here is a link to a blog called Hyperbole and a Half. The blogger, Allie, has re-drawn the sad face pain scale to be more representative of reality.
I may print it out and take it with me next time I have to go to the doctor for unusual pain. No, really.