Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Use the Pain Scale for Lupus, Fibro, MS

Just a quick note to say thank you for all the great comments I received on the pain scale!   I will get back to you individually soon!

I think you could definitely us this for many other diseases also, basically, anything with Chronic Pain!  Many of us are never a number 1 or 2 because we are always on medication! 

Also, the percentages are for you to translate for you!  Those of us dealing with a chronic disease, never see 100% normal/healthy, but we all have a 'normal' for us that we prefer to be at!

Please, copy freely, just give me credit and send as many people here to read it as possible!  Who knows maybe Joe, the editor, will put a link on his page if he hears about it!

Be well,


klconard1 said...

Dawn dear, I thought it was a pretty accurate scale.  It reads so familiarly that I expect many of us can borrow it, while giving you credit.
loving you

iscribble4u said...

That scale looks quite professional, as if a group of doctors wrote it. It should serve also to educate the public on the symptoms of RA, Lupus, etc.


lurkynat said...

Dear Dawn,
tahnk you for the information.
I hope youare fine.

tillysweetchops said...

The pain scale really brings it home to me what you have to bear day in day out. You're very brave Dawn. I hope your medication can kick in and give you a little more relief.

Tilly x

bosoxblue6993w said...

in a way, i'm lucky.   my MS has killed many of my nerves ... ergo ... minimal pain.

sunnyside46 said...

I have a dear frined who suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and any information is helpful. I think her worse problem is getting people to believe she is sick.

airplanemaintena said...

Dear Dawn,

I am new to this jounal thing and started by reading yours first. I have to say that you have inspired me quite a bit. I also suffer from chronic pain. I was in the military and slipped several of my discs, so I know what you are talking about with the 100% healthy issue. You are right to say that we find our level of normal while being on medication alot. I am currently on 15mg of Oxycodone and 15mg of Morphine, and like you, it dosen't completely take the pain away. We get to a level of management, and that is what it is, that we can deal with the pain. At the age of 30 it was very hard for me to admit to myself that I am disabled and will be on medication for the rest of my life. Now at almost 33 I have pretty much accepted it.

I am currently in college paid for by the VA so that I may get a good job that I can do with my disability. I thank the Goddess for this everyday as I would not be able to afford to go to school without their help. I just wanted to say thank you for your journal and maybe I will start one of my own.

Thanks bunches,