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(NYPost)   Ohio man, 55, describes having Coronavirus: "On a scale of 1 to 10 the pain was 15. The pain is off the charts. Everything hurts, nose, toes and ears. I was like one big ball of pain"   (nypost.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Common cold, Infectious disease, time Kevin Harris, Cough, Physician, Malaria, Doctor, Dr. Huong Nguyen  
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2020-03-20 8:42:06 AM  
What a sissy. I can take pain to 19 and not even whimper.
 
2020-03-20 8:43:41 AM  
Liar. Pain only goes to 11 anyway. Or that weird sad smiley face.
 
2020-03-20 8:44:35 AM  
Something tells me this guy never really experienced pain before.
 
2020-03-20 8:44:52 AM  
He typically runs 5 miles per day.

Yea, right.
 
2020-03-20 8:45:21 AM  
Ball of Pain is the title of my Lance Armstrong-inspired workout mix-tape.
 
2020-03-20 8:46:36 AM  
What is it on the scale of 1 to kidney stones?
 
2020-03-20 8:47:27 AM  
Pain don't hurt.

ROAD HOUSE!
 
2020-03-20 8:47:59 AM  
Not the only first-person account of how excruciating it can be.  Here's a 25 year-old fit dude's account:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront​o​/coronavirus-patient-1.5502501
 
2020-03-20 8:48:07 AM  

dittybopper: Ball of Pain is the title of my Lance Armstrong-inspired workout mix-tape.


That's dope, man.
 
2020-03-20 8:48:38 AM  
This is not how 1-10 scales work.
 
2020-03-20 8:49:13 AM  

Jeebus Saves: Something tells me this guy never really experienced pain before.


Yeah.  He probably would rate a cold around 12.
 
2020-03-20 8:54:05 AM  

EyeHaveRisen: He typically runs 5 miles per day.



And that's before he wakes up
 
2020-03-20 8:54:12 AM  

hinten: Liar. Pain only goes to 11 anyway. Or that weird sad smiley face.


This guy?

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2020-03-20 8:54:30 AM  
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2020-03-20 8:56:04 AM  
Yeah, 10 is the preserve of 'broken legs with protuding bones, that someone put lemon juice and salt into'.

/had pleurisy from the MRSA infection contracted during a pneumothorax intubation
//every single breath/movement felt like fireknives stabbing from the inside out
///sat still I was a 7.5, a coughing fit would see me pass out because of the pain.
 
2020-03-20 8:57:27 AM  
The doctors at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren were certain Harris, 55, had pneumonia - but three days later, they had the real diagnosis: coronavirus.

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2020-03-20 8:59:04 AM  
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2020-03-20 9:00:09 AM  
Sounds like someone doesn't know how to score opioids.
 
2020-03-20 9:03:16 AM  
Brian Regan - The Emergency Room
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2020-03-20 9:05:55 AM  
When I last blew out my L1 disc in my back, I passed out from the pain, dropped like a sack of shiat and hit the floor out cold. So my pain scale goes from 0 to "doesn't matter, your brain is going to turn off anyway".
 
2020-03-20 9:07:52 AM  
One of the doctors had tears in his eyes when Harris asked if he would live.

Uh-huh.  He said to me, with tears in his eyes, "Sir...sir?  You've got the Toyota Corona--one of the biggliest viruses ever"

and typically runs 5 miles every day.

Yeah, I'm gonna want to see some evidence, because I gotta say the hospital bed pic does not look like a 35-mile-a-week runner.

By the time Harris made it to the hospital, it was taking him an hour to move 50 feet to his bathroom - and he had to stop twice, lie on the floor and catch his breath before reaching the door.

---AND---

Buying all this toilet paper is a waste of money. You won't need it if you get sick," he said. "I haven't sat down on a toilet since being sick.

So: Sick for +two weeks, still sick now and haven't dropped a deuce since you got sick?
 
2020-03-20 9:10:07 AM  
People experience pain differently.  News at 11.
 
2020-03-20 9:11:01 AM  

SecondaryControl: One of the doctors had tears in his eyes when Harris asked if he would live.

Uh-huh.  He said to me, with tears in his eyes, "Sir...sir?  You've got the Toyota Corona--one of the biggliest viruses ever"

and typically runs 5 miles every day.

Yeah, I'm gonna want to see some evidence, because I gotta say the hospital bed pic does not look like a 35-mile-a-week runner.

By the time Harris made it to the hospital, it was taking him an hour to move 50 feet to his bathroom - and he had to stop twice, lie on the floor and catch his breath before reaching the door.

---AND---

Buying all this toilet paper is a waste of money. You won't need it if you get sick," he said. "I haven't sat down on a toilet since being sick.

So: Sick for +two weeks, still sick now and haven't dropped a deuce since you got sick?


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So: Sick for +two weeks, still sick now and haven't dropped a deuce since you got sick?

Oh, that can happen, I assure you. It ain't my idea of fun, but it can happen.
 
2020-03-20 9:17:18 AM  
Jokes about this guy aside, one thing I really hate about this virus is the complete inability to know how it's going to affect you until you get it. Some people get no symptoms at all, some are miserable for a day or two and then are fine, some people end up in the hospital and some end up dead. And there's no way to know which of those things is going to happen to you.
 
2020-03-20 9:18:44 AM  

GooberMcFly: Not the only first-person account of how excruciating it can be.  Here's a 25 year-old fit dude's account:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto​/coronavirus-patient-1.5502501


OH, that's a great story - flew home already feeling sick.  Took an uber to the hospital five days later.  Buddies don't feel sick (bet they went to work!).
 
2020-03-20 9:19:57 AM  

pdieten: Jokes about this guy aside, one thing I really hate about this virus is the complete inability to know how it's going to affect you until you get it. Some people get no symptoms at all, some are miserable for a day or two and then are fine, some people end up in the hospital and some end up dead. And there's no way to know which of those things is going to happen to you.


That's kinda the way life works.
 
2020-03-20 9:24:12 AM  

SecondaryControl: One of the doctors had tears in his eyes when Harris asked if he would live.

Uh-huh.  He said to me, with tears in his eyes, "Sir...sir?  You've got the Toyota Corona--one of the biggliest viruses ever"

and typically runs 5 miles every day.

Yeah, I'm gonna want to see some evidence, because I gotta say the hospital bed pic does not look like a 35-mile-a-week runner.

By the time Harris made it to the hospital, it was taking him an hour to move 50 feet to his bathroom - and he had to stop twice, lie on the floor and catch his breath before reaching the door.

---AND---

Buying all this toilet paper is a waste of money. You won't need it if you get sick," he said. "I haven't sat down on a toilet since being sick.

So: Sick for +two weeks, still sick now and haven't dropped a deuce since you got sick?


Another alternative: If it took him an hour to reach the bathroom, he probably wasn't getting there in time and just skipped straight to showering himself down.
 
2020-03-20 9:25:08 AM  

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2020-03-20 9:25:56 AM  
I bet it hurt, but you were in Ohio.
 
2020-03-20 9:32:10 AM  

Usernate: This is not how 1-10 scales work.


Sure it is.

I can find 15 on a 1 to 10 scale.

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2020-03-20 9:38:18 AM  

pdieten: Jokes about this guy aside, one thing I really hate about this virus is the complete inability to know how it's going to affect you until you get it. Some people get no symptoms at all, some are miserable for a day or two and then are fine, some people end up in the hospital and some end up dead. And there's no way to know which of those things is going to happen to you.


I was in one of the first hot-spots in the US a couple weeks back (San Fran), plus flights to & from with connections, the same week they found the first community-transmission cases. I got the usual "little grungy after a flight" feeling a few days later, and it passed like usual.

So yeah, I wonder. Sure would be nice to get tested & know. But people here keep yelling about how testing someone who isn't actively dying is pointless, so clearly I'm thinking about it wrong.

/also, the flu kills more people, so we can ignore covid
//and cancer kills even more, so we can ignore the flu
 
2020-03-20 9:38:51 AM  

Nick Nostril: When I last blew out my L1 disc in my back, I passed out from the pain, dropped like a sack of shiat and hit the floor out cold. So my pain scale goes from 0 to "doesn't matter, your brain is going to turn off anyway".


The scale we use for ski patrol is "from one to ten, where 10 is the worst pain imaginable".

Then kids look at me funny when I follow up with "How creative are you?  I need to know how bad of pain you can imagine"

I personally hadn't even considered "pain so bad your body shuts down".  I might have to change my scale:

10. If I had the means right now, I would kill myself rather than go through this pain
9. If I had the means, I would cut off the limb that hurts
8. If I have to kill everyone in this room to make the pain stop, I will give it my best try
7. There is no farking way that you're going to get me to stop cussing about how much farking pain I'm in you goddamn asshole, so just give me some farking meds already
...

Most of the levels below that are more about how long I can endure it for than anything really interesting.

Luckily, I've never had anything worse than a 7 so far.  (also caused by back problems)
 
2020-03-20 9:39:54 AM  
Republican health experts say it's just like the flu.
 
2020-03-20 9:40:33 AM  
 
2020-03-20 9:43:09 AM  

Begoggle: Republican health experts say it's just like the flu.


You must be lost.  The politics tab is that way --------->

Last tab on the right.  Can't miss it.  It's full of people just like you.
 
2020-03-20 9:43:55 AM  
How bad is it on a scale from 1 to hair loss?

Report: Male Hair Loss 7 Times More Painful Than Childbirth
 
2020-03-20 9:48:56 AM  
If you would prefer something less sensationalist and attention seeking, try this:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan​d​-51876080
 
2020-03-20 9:51:50 AM  

Oneiros: Nick Nostril: When I last blew out my L1 disc in my back, I passed out from the pain, dropped like a sack of shiat and hit the floor out cold. So my pain scale goes from 0 to "doesn't matter, your brain is going to turn off anyway".

The scale we use for ski patrol is "from one to ten, where 10 is the worst pain imaginable".

Then kids look at me funny when I follow up with "How creative are you?  I need to know how bad of pain you can imagine"

I personally hadn't even considered "pain so bad your body shuts down".  I might have to change my scale:

10. If I had the means right now, I would kill myself rather than go through this pain
9. If I had the means, I would cut off the limb that hurts
8. If I have to kill everyone in this room to make the pain stop, I will give it my best try
7. There is no farking way that you're going to get me to stop cussing about how much farking pain I'm in you goddamn asshole, so just give me some farking meds already
...

Most of the levels below that are more about how long I can endure it for than anything really interesting.

Luckily, I've never had anything worse than a 7 so far.  (also caused by back problems)


My wife has described Sciatica as a 10 on that scale, and this is a woman who gave birth 3 times naturally without an epidural. Said it felt like lava running through her veins in her leg and it just will not stop.
 
2020-03-20 9:52:17 AM  

Sentient: pdieten: Jokes about this guy aside, one thing I really hate about this virus is the complete inability to know how it's going to affect you until you get it. Some people get no symptoms at all, some are miserable for a day or two and then are fine, some people end up in the hospital and some end up dead. And there's no way to know which of those things is going to happen to you.

I was in one of the first hot-spots in the US a couple weeks back (San Fran), plus flights to & from with connections, the same week they found the first community-transmission cases. I got the usual "little grungy after a flight" feeling a few days later, and it passed like usual.

So yeah, I wonder. Sure would be nice to get tested & know. But people here keep yelling about how testing someone who isn't actively dying is pointless, so clearly I'm thinking about it wrong.

/also, the flu kills more people, so we can ignore covid
//and cancer kills even more, so we can ignore the flu


I heard that the test can give false negatives - especially if you are not very sick.
Everyone should consider themselves to be a symptom-less carrier.
 
2020-03-20 9:54:29 AM  

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The media player on the BBC websites used to have volume up to 11, I emailed them and asked them why, and the guy who responded said he didn't know.

/Cool story bro'
 
2020-03-20 9:57:38 AM  
Yeah, but you were still conscious through it, right?  Well, that's like an 8.  And if the scale goes from 1 to 10, then 15 isn't a thing...
 
2020-03-20 10:19:32 AM  

SecondaryControl: Buying all this toilet paper is a waste of money. You won't need it if you get sick," he said. "I haven't sat down on a toilet since being sick.


The TP is for the healthy riding out house imprisonment, not for the sick.

\We're hoarding bullets for them
 
2020-03-20 10:23:02 AM  

mfsst10: My wife has described Sciatica as a 10 on that scale, and this is a woman who gave birth 3 times naturally without an epidural. Said it felt like lava running through her veins in her leg and it just will not stop.


It's not.

It's different, though. Sciatica is a persistent, buzzy pain, versus a short sharp stab like a stone or a cramp. It's more maddening than it is peak painful.

8 is when you worry you might die.
9 is when you worry you might not die.
10 is when it's too painful for conscious thought
 
2020-03-20 10:23:38 AM  
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2020-03-20 10:29:32 AM  
I've had broken bones, plantar fasciitis, and over 50 stitches. None of it bothered me very much. Two things that hit me that I would never wish in my worst enemy are a severe case of gastroenteritis and a severe case of the flu. The suffering from the flu was worse than any cut or broken bone I've ever had to endure. For a week I would wake up four times a night drenched in so much sweat I had to change my clothes. The fevers and the chills were a lot to deal with. I was on anti virals too and it took me two weeks to fully recover. Sickness is no joke. It's worse than anything else I've ever had to deal with.
 
2020-03-20 10:33:29 AM  
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He's not wrong.

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2020-03-20 10:35:39 AM  

Usernate: This is not how 1-10 scales work.


I think I've seen some versions where 10 is supposed to be "the worst pain you ever experienced" or "worst pain imaginable". If it's a lot worse than that, then it could be 15.
 
2020-03-20 10:52:00 AM  

uttertosh: Yeah, 10 is the preserve of 'broken legs with protuding bones, that someone put lemon juice and salt into'.

/had pleurisy from the MRSA infection contracted during a pneumothorax intubation
//every single breath/movement felt like fireknives stabbing from the inside out
///sat still I was a 7.5, a coughing fit would see me pass out because of the pain.


If someone has been thru enough to make a real 10 call, I'll believe it. But this is not that guy.  If you get it, remind us and give us a real #.
 
2020-03-20 10:52:46 AM  

This text is now purple: mfsst10: My wife has described Sciatica as a 10 on that scale, and this is a woman who gave birth 3 times naturally without an epidural. Said it felt like lava running through her veins in her leg and it just will not stop.

It's not.

It's different, though. Sciatica is a persistent, buzzy pain, versus a short sharp stab like a stone or a cramp. It's more maddening than it is peak painful.

8 is when you worry you might die.
9 is when you worry you might not die.
10 is when it's too painful for conscious thought


The amazing thing about pain is it has biological, psychological and emotional factors. This guy has a great shot TED talk about chronic pain:

TEDxAdelaide - Lorimer Moseley - Why Things Hurt
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2020-03-20 10:53:23 AM  

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That's the truth.

I work with patients every day. A 0 is rare. A 2 I describe as an itch- annoying but no more. A 4 sucks but it's not going to stop anything. A 6 can slow you down with your daily activities, and you're going to stop some. An 8 stops your world. A 9 is begging for something to stop the pain. Tears. Moaning. Can't focus on anything but the pain.

A 10? You're unconscious, delirious, or actively screaming in pain. A 10 is so bad that if I set you on fire, you wouldn't notice. Kidney stones that the urologist nicknames "The Fish-hook" and "The Dagger". Childbirth without meds. Breaks bad enough I see bone.

Yet, I get patients who are calmly playing on their phone, no spiked BP or heart rate, and look me in the eye and say "20".

The fun one was a patient I had last week. Mildly sprained ankle. No limping, no problem walking on it, straight claimed his pain as "1000/10."
 
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