If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, pain is in the body in the beholder – specifically your central nervous system. Just as one person might consider a painting a masterpiece while another might think the same painting is junk, some people have a high tolerance for pain while for others, everything hurts. While a thermometer can tell a doctor your temperature, only you can describe your pain to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.
That’s why a pain intensity scale like the one below is useful in helping you easily identify and describe what kind of pain you’re in. The scale is numbered from 0 to 10. The higher the number, the more pain you’re in. The chart goes from no pain to the worst possible pain.
For many of us, unless we’re at “10” – or “worst possible pain” – we ignore it. Don’t. Even the dullest, most mild pains can be a sign that something is wrong. With that in mind, the following are three common pains that, depending on their severity, could indicate a bigger medical issue that need attention.