As it turns out, a very useful word. The term "bothersome" or "bothersomeness" has been used to describe disability caused by asthma, migraine headaches, and urinary tract problems. Turns out the same word is a good way to identify risk for long-term disability in back pain patients.
One study showed that a single question about bothersomeness found 80 percent of patients severely disabled with back pain. It seems this word helps improve communication between doctors and patients.
It's a practical and useful way to classify patients by severity of symptoms.