My Pain Clinic Nurse Practitioner just stared at me with a goofy expression on her face when I said "fine". And waited. rofl
I really like her a lot. She gets it.
I'm a woman - we do not tell the truth about our pain levels - ever. I also have chronic intractable pain and we try not to frighten the world.
"I'm fine" means "I don't feel like screaming right now or crying - so I'm doing okay". Fine is a 5 on the pain scale of 1 to 10 btw. The average person would be taking a lie down.