You deal with frequent aches and pains. You figure that most people probably have similar conditions and that plenty of people probably have it worse. But over time, your pain becomes more frequent and more intense.
Discomfort begins to interfere with your daily activities, preventing you from exercising, performing personal care tasks, and working normally.
But once you decide to address the problem with the help of a medical professional, you realize you’ve become so accustomed to persistent pain that you don’t know how best to describe it.
Many patients struggle with expressing either the intensity of their pain or the specific sensations they feel. In this blog, we walk you through some of the common descriptors and scales of pain. This understanding can help you communicate more effectively with your doctor or physical therapist and better focus your treatment. (more…)