Describing your pain precisely rather than generally can go a long way toward getting you the treatment you need. Try characterizing your experience in the following terms, which have definitions that are understood by doctors.
Throbbing Pain: Pulsating or pounding
- Sharp Pain: Sudden, abrupt and intense
- Breakthrough Pain: Happens while your medication is supposed to be in effect
- Shooting Pain: Sharp and radiating
- Persistent Pain: Lasts 12 hours or more every day
- Burning Pain: Fiery or inflamed
- Achy Pain: Dull and persistent
- Intermittent Pain: Comes and goes, sometimes in waves or patterns
- Crushing Pain: Intense pressure or heaviness
- Flaring Pain: Occurs suddenly, without any apparent trigger
Need more guidance?
The following organizations offer education, support, provider directories and other helpful information for women in pain.
Originally published in the April 2011 issue of More.
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