To those of you who have experienced it in any great degree pain is either the most debilitating thing in life, or one of the worst, and pain assessment is quite inaccurate in understanding personal pain. As we all have different pain thresholds our understanding of each is also limited. Also, each culture presents the expression of pain in a different way and without, at a minimum, an innate sense of sociology, further pain assessment is limited to a subjective measurement without anything but guesswork.
Plus, pain is often not a constant – flare-ups can occur changing the base from a dull ache to a volcanic roar. Pain is used often to torture someone – from punishment to information gathering.
Those that are often charged with pain assessment are surrounded by it and constant exposure can dull the senses.
Pain affects other things – the ability to think, to create, even to properly sleep.
“In a Facebook post, Hanna McMenamin said the man asked multiple times for a place to lie down and was ignored. Unable to catch his breath, the couple said the man stretched out on the ground until employees at the Durham VA Medical Center made him get back up.
“That’s somebody’s dad, that’s somebody’s grandfather,” Hanna McMenamin said.
Jesse Lee, a Vietnam veteran, was the man in the wheelchair. He said he went to the VA for severe phantom pains after a leg amputation.
“Somebody in real bad pain should be seen,” Lee said. “It felt like a railroad spike was going through my foot. It’s like one of the worst pains you’ve ever felt in your life.”
Lee said he was in pain for several hours before he was seen. McMenamin said the problem was with one particular VA nurse who appeared to essentially ignore the pleas from patients.” http://www.wral.com/-absolutely-horrible-photos-show-veterans-left-to-wait-in-pain-at-durham-va-hospital/16555985/