I said mine was severe, because I went to the ER the night I couldn't take it anymore. This is the first PC I've had so I have nothing to compare it to. I'm also a big weenie, and I really haven't had too many things happen to me. However, if I had to choose between having a PC and having chondromalasia (chronic knee pain due to lack of cartlidge in the knee), I would take my chondromalasia any day. I used to think my knee was bad .. I don't know if it's a good thing that I have something to compare it to. Also, I don't have kids of my own, so I can't compare it to childbirth.