The Intensity of Lyme Disease Pain

Discussion about personal pain can become heated and ugly when someone who suffers feels misunderstood, which happens frequently for people who suffer with Lyme. It is perfectly understandable.

Discussion about personal pain can become heated and ugly when someone who suffers feels misunderstood, which happens frequently for people who suffer with Lyme.

It is perfectly understandable.

People want to empathize, they want to comfort others in pain by sharing their own experience whether it is even remotely similar, which with Lyme is rare.

A Google search for the “scale of pain” returned almost 15 million results!  Fortunatelty for me I found the reference I was looking for very quickly in Wilipedia and published by “Tipna” -( A Blog dedicated to learning, sharing and caring for others from around the world.”  The folllowing is a close replication of an article written by Jack Harich in July of 2002 entitled, “The Comparative Pain Scale” and is most pertinent for those of us suffering with Lyme disease.

A bit of web

research shows there is actually no definitive pain scale in use in the medical industry today. The best I could find was an article on Elder Pain: Assessment of Intensity (this link is now broken). This listed several scales, none of which had uniform, objective descriptions of pain per level. For example, the Verbal Description Scale (VDS) uses these words to describe pain levels:

0 = No pain

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