Posts by: Jason Reid

Why the Ten Point Pain Scale is Useless

By: Jason Reid, Journalist

February 22nd, 2010 • 3 Comments

After spending 30-years with Crohn’s disease, a painful inflammation of the intestine, I have had more emergency room visits than many people have had summer vacations.  I have had kidney stones, gall stones, abscesses, intestinal blockages, dangerous fevers, toxic shock and acute arthritis pain just to give a few samples. Inevitably, one of the first things an emergency room doctor asks me to do is to rate my pain on a scale from one to ten. Unfortunately, this scale says much ...

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