When they ask:” any pain today? On a scale... with 10 being the worst
Does anyone else find this method of recording your pain strangely and potentially misleading?
Last week after I signed out but still needed to wait for my number to be called for blood draw and urine deposit I said to the girl who was taking my blood and one of 3 people at the VA clinic who alternate between checking us in and checking us out. So I comment: “ if the women who checked me in asked now what my pain level was my answer would be way different “ “ which arm do you prefer ?” It occurred to me that these 3 women had jobs and the knew the routine. That said this blood taker was not interested in what I just said. Thinking about these women, the VA, the world of medicine it troubled me that I can honestly say that I’m not sure if anyone knew why I was there or how complicated my pain level is to describe let alone put a number on it.
In Feb when hospitalized my nurse informed me that I should comment when asked about my pain level to inform the person asking that I have chronic pain and acute pain and they are not the same.
So the first time I did that the person asking left the room and came back saying “ just pick a number “ other times I said that I also received strange reactions
So if this proves anything to me it’s that the process is broken and no one knows who to go to to fix the problem.
I also think that this is a great example of how the whole system is in need of review but who will bring it up and to whom?
Is it even possible that we the patients can start the discussion and process?
Any suggestions or ideas?