First time I went to the ER they asked me to rate my pain. It took me a while because I was trying to think of it in terms of most painful thing possible. I mean, if there’s a magnitude pain of 10 out there it’s probably something like organ failure and/or multiple gunshot wounds. Bearing that in mind, where would the pain of my sprained thumb fall? Oh shoot, they need an answer! I said 5 because it was kind of painful but not over a thresh hold of real pain. In another doctor’s office I saw the pain scale illustrated with smiley/frowny faces.

Then I found out that it’s something for insurance purposes because I’m guessing insurance companies need numbers so they can make a definitive decision about the state of a patient’s case.