How much does it hurt?
How much pain do you feel?
The Vocabulary of Pain
There are many types of pain and there are many words to describe the sensation of pain.
If we make a hierarchy of more and less common words to describe pain, we should start with the verb “hurt”. It is the most common and basic verb to describe pain.
A Visit to the Doctor
If you go to the doctor for a physical examination, you will probably hear these phrases:
Where does it hurt?
Does this hurt?
Does it hurt?
Does it hurt much?
Does it hurt when you bend over?
Does it hurt when you stand up?
Does it hurt when you cough?
Does it hurt when you touch it?
Does it hurt when I touch it?
Does it hurt when you urinate?
Degrees of Pain
Severe pain is when it hurts a lot.
We also talk about types of pain.
Types of Pain
Is it a dull ache or a sharp stabbing pain?
a sharp pain
a dull ache
Chronic pain is long-lasting pain which does not go away.
Aches and Pains
Aches are generally dull long-lasting or constant throbbing pains.
“Pain” is a general word to describe all types of suffering including mental suffering as well as physical suffering.
In Buddhism we learn about mental suffering and how to alleviate that suffering. We look at the cause of suffering then we try to eliminate it using the power of the mind and the power of the heart.
Read about how Theravada Buddhists free themselves from pain and suffering in this video:
Word Family of Pain
Adjective – painful
It is painful.
He died a slow painful death.
Verb – pain
This verb is not so common:
It pains me to see you so miserable.
Noun – pain
He is in a lot of pain.
The next one is informal and slightly vulgar:
He is a real pain in the arse.
The Scottish band “Nazareth” sings about the pain of love:
Does love hurt?
Is love always painful?
Is love sometimes painful?
A degree is a scale.
a bit painful – a bit sore
We use degrees to measure temperature.
You can go to university and get a degree.