Back pain clinic can get very repetitive, so you kind of appreciate it when a patient does something that's unique.
For example, there are many patients who have been having back pain that started before I was born. This guy I saw last week? He had back pain since before my parents were born.
And then I asked him for his pain score (on a scale of 1 to 10). Sometimes patients will say something like 3-4 out of 10, which is kind of annoying because I want to just write down one number. But this guy was, again, totally unique.
Me: "What is your pain level on a scale of one to ten?"
Patient: "Oh, it's two-three-four." [Pause] "Five, six."
Um, did he think I just asked him to count to six?