#1 By: Cory Doctorow, November 4th, 2013 22:00
#2 By: geoduck, November 4th, 2013 22:25
One of my favorite moments from the sitcom Scrubs was their discussion of this concept
#3 By: Tim Quinn, November 4th, 2013 22:49
#4 By: tobergill, November 4th, 2013 22:54
The problem with this type of subjective scale is that unless you've actually experienced ALL of the stages it's hard to estimate where you're at. During a recent hospital stay I usually went with what would elicit the correct response ie. painkillers. Being fairly stoic, I was laughed at when I gave what I thought was a reasonable estimate by my personal standards.I mean, I can handle pain, but I'd rather not.
#5 By: Jeff Atwood, November 5th, 2013 05:15
Particularly relevant here: childbirth. Way higher than whatever pain ceiling you previously had, unless you have had a really, really unlucky life.
#6 By: Thecorrectline, November 5th, 2013 06:21
Possibly relevant - Overheard an emergency room conversation that went "I see you have a minor cut, might need 3 stitches, how would you describe your level of pain from 1 - 10?" "13" "Oh. So we will need to run a lot more tests." - nurse walks away rolling eyes.
#7 By: David, November 5th, 2013 06:42
For me the definitive pain scale comes from Allie Brosch on Hyperbole and a Half.
#8 By: mrtut, November 5th, 2013 07:07
It is much better as it ends at it hurts too much too express, not at a mere I am still capable of yelling.
#9 By: incarnedine_v, November 5th, 2013 11:06
Nothing compared to:
#10 By: Dave, November 5th, 2013 12:39
I used her pain scale when my daughter was hospitalized recently. Lying in bed, angry, in pain, it jumped into my head. A few clicks on the ol' smartphone later and she was laughing.
No other painscale is valid after that, imo.
#11 By: Jason Baker, November 6th, 2013 11:32
Observation from this image: the darker your skin tone, the more pain you feel.
Did I miss the part about this being a commentary on race in America?
#12 By: Uthor, November 6th, 2013 16:36
I had a friend make this for me.
#13 By: David Emigh, November 6th, 2013 17:05
Randall Munroe's take on the pain scale:
#14 By: Cory Doctorow, November 9th, 2013 22:01
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