Although I am having luck with some new medications, I have been in a bad flare-up for the last several days, precipitated by some pretty severe emotional stress. I recently found this pain rating chart, and let me just say that I empathized.
On an average day, I would put myself around a 6: ” Ow. Okay, my pain is super legit now.” Right now, I’m closer to a 10: “I am actively being mauled by a bear.” Really, I think my goal is a 0. I think everyone’s goal is a 0. My much-more-realistic-goal is around a 3: “This is distressing. I don’t want this to be happening to me at all.” I’m ready to go to the doctor…but for tonight I’ll just go to sleep at 7.
On the plus side, anti-spasmodics apparently cure my PVCs. Yay, I get to have coffee again!