ACCORDING TO INTENSITY OF PAIN – HOW MUCH DOES IT HURT?
Rather than focus on the perceived intensity of pain, it may be more useful to look at the disruption that pain causes for patients. Pain that interferes with appetite, pleasurable activities or sleep is more a cause for concern than pain that leaves the patient’s life otherwise intact, regardless of the reported intensity. Ultimately, there is no way to know how much pain another person is experiencing and it is best to assume that pain exists when a patient says it does and that it is at whatever intensity the patient says it is.1
References 1McCaffery M. Pain management: problems and progress. In: McCaffery M, Pasero CL. Pain: clinical manual. 2nd ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 1999:1-14.