This hangs in my doc’s office so patients can better communicate pain. I’ve gotten so used to answering the 1-10 pain question, that I quit looking at it. Thus I usually report a 4, 5, or maybe 6 on the worst days. Stopping to actually look at the progressively sad faced round man, I realize my sliding pain scale is way off. I’m tough, I can handle the pain, but that attitude is doing me no favors. Do our docs take this into consideration? Can’t be sure. The men on the right are my last few weeks, unless I’m taking pain killers and end up with the mischevious gremlin faced man of the left. Regardless, I realize I owe it to myself to try and better communicate what I’m feeling, and tough doesn’t always help. There is a time to let your guard down, and that’s at the doc’s office. Do yourself a favor and reconsider these little men.