The McGill Pain Scale is based on a very long list of descriptive words. It's a good reference if you're having trouble describing your pain. From http://pain.about.com/ Chronic Pain, Assessment Tools, Mcgill Pain, Assessment Mcgill, Pain Questionnaire, Valuable Pain, Pain Scales Assessment, Describing Pain, Pain Assessment
I have multiple slipped discs, fractured vertebra's, grade 2/3 spondylolisthesis, arthritis, pinched spinal cord, disc degenerative disease. It's a miracle I can even walk, especially with a broken foot. NO ONE knows the DAILY pain I push through though and I do as much as I can with as little pain relief as I can get by with.
What many people don't understand is that pain itself can cause harmful side effects and can affect concentration and mental clarity just as profoundly as any drug.