Thursday 29th August 1991   Morning surgery 10:20

“How bad is that pain, Mr Riley?”
“I would give it a score of 2 out of 10.”
“2 out of 10?” My dad looked very surprised. “That’s hardly any pain at all.”
“These pain scores are all relative, Dr Dennis.”
“I know that but a pain with a score of 2 out of 10 cannot be anything more than mildly uncomfortable. As far as I can remember, the lowest pain score we have ever had in the surgery has been 5 out of 10. No one gets a pain less severe than that. Am I right, Dennis?”
“I think so, Dad. Veronica White did say her back pain had come down to 3 out of 10 after you put her on codeine.”
“Yes, but that was after treatment, Dennis.” My Dad sighed impatiently. “She was 6 out of 10, initially. Well, Mr Riley, to be honest, I am not sure why you have come to see us.”
“I thought you might like to check my tummy, doctor.”
“I don’t think we need to do anything like that. We will just keep an eye on things for the moment. However, if your pain goes up to 4 or 5 out of 10, I want you to come straight back to see me.”

How bad is that pain, Mr Riley?