Is Your Pain-Language Helping or Hurting?

pain-language helping or hurtingYou may actually be hurting yourself more if you don’t find the words for your pain.


How do you communicate your pain?  Do you even have words, for it?  Why does this even matter?

It makes more of a difference than you may realize.  How effectively doctors treat the reason behind your pain, depends heavily on how well you can communicate details of your experience with it.  Too often serious and chronic pain is not well communicated because in order to exist and function with this sort of pain, a certain degree of disconnect is needed to cope.

Unfortunately if the doctor you’re consulting hears general sweeping statements like “it’s hurting…a lot…”, you will be dismissed often unintentionally but without greater detail about your pain qualities, he or she will have a very hard time solving the mystery of what the cause might be.  Even orthopedic and neurologic testing becomes less reliable if your feedback is skewed or hampered in any way.

When you muster up the courage to seek help, it’s important that you also muster up the courage to be as creative as possible in describing your pain.

Un-apologetically: BE. A. WIMP.

You won’t get the help you need if you bring your tough-guy/tough-gal persona into the doctor’s office with you.

Also know that even though it’s a terribly inconvenient nuisance, pain is a temporary state and it’s a very reasonable and wise reaction by your body to get you to listen.


“When I ask patients about pain, I’m always intrigued by the amazing variability in terminology or often the complete lack thereof….”

Read more about how to communicate your pain.  Follow this Source for the original article: Do You Know How to Name Your Pain? Here’s Why You Should: – Return to Health, P.S.






The information provided in this blog is in no way intended to and should not be used to substitute for individualized medical advice. 

Please consult a health care provider for the proper treatment of your pain.

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