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Posted by John B ( on January 15, 2000 at 11:57:13:

In Reply to: Pain posted by Todd on January 15, 2000 at 11:24:26:

Hi, Russell,
I agree with Todd's post; particularly the part about being a "host" or "victim", depending on your point of view or vulnerability at the time.

As I understand the "Kip" scale, a level 10 is, by definition, the highest level of pain a person is capable of feeling and enduring and, therefore, there is no such thing as 10+. I feel people post 10+ simply to express their shock at how really, horribly bad their pain was; perhaps having believed they had experienced a "10" before, then having experienced something worse. So, what has actually happened is that they have discovered a new threshold of pain; a new "10".

I have been chronic for a long time; many years with no effective medications, and many years with doctors trying their own experimental treatments. I have had quite a number of episodes of the worst the beast has to offer me; my own understanding of a "10". I can only tell you that it is unimaginable; indescribable, fearsome. It makes me whimper. That is the word; whimper. I want to survive an 8. I want to escape a 10, but I am incapable of any action but to whimper and be violated in the most maddening way. Time ceases to exist; there is no reality outside my need to escape the madness. That is my 10

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