Medical Pain Scale
Have difficulty rating your pain when the physician, nurse, or therapist asks? Here are a couple of functional pain scales that define the 0-10 pain scale.
0 Pain free
1 Very minor annoyance-occasional minor twinges
2 Minor annoyance-occasional
3 Annoying enough to be distracting
4 Can be ignored if you are really involved in your work, but still distracting,
5 Can’t be ignored for more than 30 minutes.
6 Can’t be ignored for any length of time, but you can still go to work and participate in social activities.
7 Make it difficult to concentrate, interferes with sleep, you can still function with effort
8 Physical activity severely limited. You can read and converse with effort. Nausea and dizziness may occur.
9 Unable to speak, crying out or moaning uncontrollable- pain makes you pass out
10 Unconscious. Pain makes you pass out.