When you are asked how bad your pain is from 0 – 10 do you understand what each number relates to?

0 – Completely pain-free ( I wish).

1 Mild pain that is an annoyance with occasional minor twinges.

2Minor pain that can be annoying.

3Uncomfortable pain that you know about and is distracting but you can live with it.

4 Moderate pain that can be ignored if involved with work but it is still distracting.

5Distracting pain that is quite strong and cannot be ignored for more than 30 minutes.

6Distressing pain that interferes with everyday activities. Can’t be ignored for any length of time, but you can still go to work and participate in social activities.

7Severe pain that dominates your senses and limits your ability to perform everyday activities and affects your sleep and makes it difficult to concentrate.

8Intense pain that severely affects physical activity, you can read and talk with effort. Nausea and dizziness may occur.

9Excruciating pain that makes it very difficult to even talk, crying out or moaning uncontrollably.

10Unspeakable pain which means you are bedridden and possibly delirious and could make you pass out.


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