- Aug 9, 2017
- United Kingdom
"Can you tell me how much it hurts between 1 and 10?", I find this question to be both perplexing and ridiculous. Fortunately I was not asked about pain in this form by the surgeon who has just agreed to work on me as I would refuse to answer. Pain is such an abstract and subjective thing and defies a simple numeric value, I do not know what is a four or a ten and even if I did my seven is not your seven. If I were forced to rate degenerative hip pain I would put it at about three but this would be in comparison to compounded rib fractures at about six after a big motorcycle incident a few years back. Other people may rate hip pain far higher and their judgement is equally valid but also equally meaningless. I am by trade an engineer and subsequently a teacher and I am able to put values on temperature, voltage, force, resistance, speed etc but pain is not measurable by any defined scale or metric. If it hurts it hurts, please debate.