Comparative Pain Scale
Does not interfere with most activities. Able to adapt to pain psychologically and with OTC medicine.
|1 Very mild||Very light barely noticeable pain, like a mosquito bite.|
|2 Discomforting||Minor pain, like pinching skin.|
|3 Tolerable||Noticeable pain but able to adapt to it. Feels like an accidental cut.|
Interfered with many activities. Requires lifestyle changes but patient remains independent. Unable to adapt to pain. Pain Medication often prescribed at this time.
|4 Distressing||Strong deep pain, like a toothache, or minor trauma such as stubbing your toe really hard.|
|5 Very distressing||Strong, deep piercing pain, such as sprained ankle, mild back pain. Normal lifestyle is interrupted.|
|6 Intense||Strong pain that partially dominates your senses. Affects your clear thinking.|
Unable to engage in normal activities. Patient is disabled and unable to function independently.
|7 Very intense||Comparable to migraine headache. Pain dominates your senses and you are unable to think clearly 50% of the time.|
|8 Utterly Horrible||Cannot think clearly at all. Severe personality change if pain persists. Comparable to childbirth or kidney stones.|
|9 Excruciating unbearable||Cannot tolerate pain anymore. No more joy in life. Comparable to cancer.|
|10 Unimaginable||Pain causes spells of unconsciousness. Severe accident or trauma.|
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