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On a Scale of 1 to 10: How Painful Is Pain?

One of the top questions people ask is – How does fibromyalgia pain feel like?

The pain severity scale is a popular tool used to assess how severe your pain is. However, the bizarre thing about fibromyalgia is that the pain may differ each day. One day you may feel like you’re dying and the next day you may be up and about. Furthermore, the pain spot changes without a warning as well.


The unpredictability of fibromyalgia is what contributes to why people believe it is an imagined pain but people living with fibromyalgia will be able to put a number to it.


It is common to exaggerate the severity of pain without understanding the definition of the scale. Knowing where your pain stands in the pain severity scale helps you in relating your pain to your doctor.



In fact, a person rarely experiences a level 10 in their life as it is the most excruciating kind of pain that the body would likely pass out as a natural response. Personally, my daily pain severity ranges from 4 to 8.


Describing the pain can be tricky as well. The following pain descriptor can help you in identifying the sensation:

types of pain and description

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