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Pain Scales: From Faces to Numbers and Everywhere In Between

Apr 10, 2018 11:30:00 AM by Mario Ramirez, MD posted in Pain Management, opioid prescribing, Pain Guidelines, pain scales

In Medscape’s article “Talk About Pain,” R. Morgan Griffin states, “One of the hardest things about chronic pain is that only you know how bad the pain feels. There's no blood test that can show much you're suffering. There's often no outward sign, like a bandage or a cast. There's just the pain." 'Pain is always personal,' says F. Michael Ferrante, MD, director of the UCLA Pain Management Center in Los Angeles. 'It's invisible to other people looking at you -- and that can lead to a lot mistrust and difficulties in relationships.'"

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