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Pain Scale   designed by Andrea Mankoski, 1995,  

This is the best pain scale I've seen to describe severity  (though not necessarily quality) of pain

Remember, whenever a doctor asks you to rate your pain from 1 - 10, ask for a pain scale so you can be sure you're speaking the same language.

0 - Pain free

1 - Very minor annoyance - occasional minor twinges.

2 - Minor annoyance - occasional strong twinges.

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 - Makes 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 set in as factors of pain.

9 - Unable to speak. Crying out or moaning uncontrollably - near delirium.

10 - Unconscious. Pain makes you pass out.

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