Another Word for “It Hurts!”

When you go to the doctor, physiotherapist or have a hospital stay, you’ll be asked to describe your pain on a scale from 1 to 10.

You’ll also be asked about the type of pain that you are experiencing. Pain is not all the same.

You can help your medical professional with the diagnosis. Accurately describe the quality of the pain you are experiencing. Substitute “It hurts!” with one of the following pain descriptors, as listed in the McGill Pain Questionnaire:

  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Crushing
  • Dull
  • Electric
  • Grabbing
  • Intermittent
  • Itching
  • Jabbing
  • Numbing
  • Piercing
  • Pinching
  • Pins and Needles
  • Pounding
  • Pressure
  • Pulling
  • Pulsating
  • Radiating
  • Sharp
  • Shooting
  • Stabbing
  • Stinging
  • Tearing
  • Tenderness
  • Throbbing
  • Tightness
  • Tingling

Are you able to expand upon this list?

Image courtesy of Linda Graindourze.

6 Responses to “Another Word for “It Hurts!””

  1. I have unstable angina. When asked about ‘pain’, I usually say that I do not consider it pain, but feel like my chest is caught in a vice OR I am wearing a bra that is six times too small for me! The latter usually brings smiles to the team around me, but they know exactly what I mean.


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