McGILL PAIN SCALE / INDEX
The McGill pain index is a scale that shows the rating of pain. It was originally developed as the McGill pain questionnaire back in 1971 at the McGill University by 2 researchers; Ronald MELZACK and Warren TOGERSON.
The original McGill pain questionnaire in 1971 had 3 major classes of word descriptors which were:
- Sensory – sensitivity, skin colour or temperature changes
- Affective – how it affects you as a sufferer e.g. fear, tension
- Evaluative – finding where the pain is
The McGill pain questionnaire also had an intensity scale to determine the properties of pain experience of sufferers.
(Melzack, R. 1975)
#CRPS is the most painful #ChronicPain condition in the world. The #Pain Scale shows u the pain levels of CRPS
There are a large number of different pictorial versions of the McGill pain index, the Burning Nights CRPS Support version is below:
CRPS / RSD Type II is classed as the most painful chronic pain condition that is known.
It reaches approx 42 out of 50 on the McGill Pain Scale, higher than non-terminal cancer, higher than amputation of a finger without anaesthesia… So, why is there not much really known about this terrible chronic pain condition? Why are people suffering from this burning, stinging pain?
CITED RESEARCH / ARTICLES / BOOKS
- Melzack, R. (1975)‘The McGill Pain Questionnaire: Major Properties and Scoring Methods,’ Pain. 1975, September. Vol 1. Issue 3. pp 277-299. Available from: <http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0304395975900445> doi: 10.1016/0304-3959(75)90044-5
- Melzack, R. (1983) ‘The McGill Pain Questionnaire,’ Pain Measurement and Assessment book. 1983. pp 41-47. Full version PDF file Available from: <http://fcesoftware.com/images/16_McGill_Pain_Questionnaire.pdf>
- Melzack, R. (2005) ‘The McGill Pain questionnaire: from description to measurement,’ Anesthesiology. 2005. Vol 103 (1). pp 199-202. Available from: <http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/15983473> doi: 10.1097/00000542-200507000-00028
- Reading, A.E. (1981) ‘A comparison of the McGill Pain Questionnaire in chronic and acute pain,’ Pain. 1981. Vol 13 Issue 2. pp 185-192. Available from: <http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0304395982900288> doi: 10.1016/0304-3959(82)90028-8
- Reena, K.A. et al. (2014) ‘Labor epidural analgesia: past, present and future,’ Indian J of Pain. 2014. Vol 28, Issue 2. pp 71-81. Diagram of McGill Pain Scale/Index available from: <http://www.indianjpain.org/viewimage.asp?img=IndianJPain_2014_28_2_71_132843_f4.jpg>
- Tahmoush, A.J. (1981) ‘Causalgia: redefinition as a clinical pain syndrome,’ Pain. 1981, April. Vol 10(2). pp 187-197. Available from: <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7267135> PMID: 7267135
- Wong, C.A. (2010) ‘Advances in labor analgesia,’ Int J Womens Health. 2009. Vol 1. pp 139-154. Available from: <http://openi.nlm.nih.gov/detailedresult.php?img=2971706_ijwh-1-139f1&req=4>
The McGill pain scale / index is an important part of chronic pain evaluation and it is a good way of showing sufferers and their families, friends and loved ones that not only does CRPS exist but is an extremely painful chronic pain condition.
Last Updated: 04/08/2016