The assessment of pain is a critical step to providing good pain management. That said, it's important to know what the numbers between zero and ten really mean from a doctor's perspective so that they can better understand the patient's needs.
As chronic pain patients, we dream of complete relief from pain. However, the sad fact for most of us is that total freedom from pain is probably an unrealistic goal. If that's the case, what then is a realistic goal? Just how much pain relief is it reasonable to expect? And a perhaps equally important question is, what outcomes other than…