On this scale, the following are considered LESS painful than fibromyalgia:
- after-shingles nerve pain
- non-terminal cancer
- phantom limb pain
- chronic back pain
The following are considered MORE painful than fibromyalgia:
- Childbirth (with training)
- Amputation of finger/toe
- Childbirth (with no training)
- CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
Of course, this scale doesn't include every medical condition ever created, but after being accused of lying or being flat-out ignored by doctors, even this small validation of the severity of fibromyalgia is worth something to me.
My pain is not all in my head.
My pain is real.
My pain is severe.
My pain is something I have to live with every day.