- Sep 5, 2020
- DX FIBRO
Hi John -its a method to show how you tolerate pain - every one tolerates pain diffenty - If I tolerate pain less then I need less pain medication if I don't tolerate it then I need more pain medication - it is near impossible to describe your pain to another because they overlay or liken their pain to youirs even thro they are totally different. - how many tines have you heard I feel your pain or I know what your pain is like those two sayings are an impossiblilty. The best we can get is a tolerance level untill some thing better comes along
but actually that shows "sensitivity", and not really "tolerance""
is not sensitivity not the same as tolerance? and I do not believe that there is a "normal" level of pain be it tolerance or sensitivity. The effect of pain on a pereson is a personel subjecticity to a 6 year old who stubs her toe the pain would be 10 to a 76 year old who stubs his toe the pain may not even register.
Well I seem very different to you... - in that...
- my pain tolerance is always high, pain scales don't show that at all, they show changing pain levels.
- despite severe fibro & severe MCAS & more, I do without all pain medication, wouldn't tolerate it...
- I find it just as easy or hard to describe to others as any emotional feeling I have...same listening.
- "feel my pain" to me means that people have empathy, and that's great.
- I experience many ways for people to liken pain experiences to one another, despite our differences.
- I see a big difference between pain sensitivity (mine is medium) and pain tolerance (mine is high).
- "normal" pain I said & meant as normal to me, which you will likely allow me to believe. To me it's the base level of "severe Ache" I have most of the time, which used to be 4, now more 2 or 1, because of pacing well. That doesn't include regular fluctuation up to 5 or 6 from overdoing it or any local pains should they flare, which at the moment is mainly bladder, esophagus blocks and would you believe my finger tips, esp. right thumb, but can also be others.
- "your" 76 year old would have no pain sensitivity, but that says nothing about his pain tolerance,
- when I stub my toe in certain ways (e.g. toenails involved) it's excruciating, 7 to 8. I can gasp, shout, whine or suppress all audible utterance, as I wish/is needed. But my tolerance is still high, and I can increase it willfully with various pain management techniques, including in that sort of situation a kind of inner deflection of it. What I can't directly influence is the exhaustion that it and its after-Ache causes. That's exactly my main problem, not the pain/Ache. I can only influence/shorten this by intensifying my rest time, e.g. with Yoga Nidra.
But I think I wasn't able to distinguish these types of experience at the beginning of fibro, so believe it has developed strongly over my 3+ years of severe fibro, because I realized that closely analyzing my pain experiences and their triggers was my main chance of improving the pain amount, as well as my tolerance / coping, which I succeeded with by doing so (I know 90% why anything hurts & what I can do for it, and am continually learning).