the universal way of measuring pain, from pre-op until now, among myself and my physicians and PTs, has been on a scale of zero (no pain at all) to ten (worst pain you’ve ever felt; need immediate medical attention).
in pre-op they asked me what level i thought i would be able to comfortably tolerate during after care. i told them between a five and a six.
when the nerve block wore off the next morning and i went into hypersensitivity, the first thing the doctor on call asked me was to rate my pain. i told him a nine; i really wanted to say fifteen and a half, because it was that bad.
when i went into muscle trauma a few weeks ago, i was a steady four, but if i moved the wrong way i would spike to an eight.
since going on the muscle relaxants i’ve been about a two, with spikes to about a four when shifting from extension to flexion (or vice versa) or when bearing weight and pushing for full extension.
today, for the first time since surgery, i ambarelya one. my brace is still annoying and uncomfortable, and the last degree or two (as opposed to five or ten) of extension while walking is still a little stiff…but damn i feel like a human being with a real leg.
that’s about the only thing i can think of to write about right now. lots of other fragments floating around in my head that i’ll string together soon!