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McGill Pain Index / Pain Scale for CRPS

The McGill Pain Index is a scale that shows the rating or level of pain. It was originally developed as the McGill pain questionnaire back in 1971 at the McGill University by two researchers, Ronald Melzack and Warren Togerson.

The original McGill pain questionnaire in 1971 had three 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)

McGill Pain Index - Burning Nights CRPS Support

There are a large number of different pictorial versions of the McGill Pain Index for CRPS, the Burning Nights CRPS Support version is below:

CRPS, 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…

In some research it has been said that CRPS Type II can reach as high as 47 out of 50. So, why is there not much really known about this terrible chronic pain condition? Why are people suffering from this burning, stinging pain?

The McGill Pain Index for CRPS is an important part of chronic or persistent pain evaluation as well as evaluating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. It is also a good way of showing those living with CRPS and their families, friends and loved ones that not only does CRPS exist, but is an extremely painful chronic pain condition.



Last Updated: 12/11/2022

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