Right now? Number four.
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.
Particularly relevant here: childbirth. Way higher than whatever pain ceiling you previously had, unless you have had a really, really unlucky life.
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.
It is much better as it ends at it hurts too much too express, not at a mere I am still capable of yelling.
Nothing compared to:
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.
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?
Randall Munroe’s take on the pain scale:
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