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Pain drama

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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On the limitations of pain scores and the chasm between what patients feel and how clinicians try to understand. (Which has been satirized quite a lot over the years, come to think of it. It’s kind of a juicy target.)

ME: I am perhaps already the undead, hauling my body around this mortal realm, haunted by the souls of the damned and the hungry who feast on my muscles and bones until I shall be dragged to hell once more.

DOCTOR: … once again, I don’t know where that is on a 1–10 pain scale.

P.S. I can’t figure out the source of this. It’s a meme for sure: there are countless variations of it online. I think the first part must be a quote or pseudo-quote from some pop culture source I am oblivious to, and then the attributions and replies get tinkered with for various memetic purposes.