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Relatable Pain Scale

A NP I was seeing gave me the following pain scale to make it easier for me to understand where my pain was, and to help my medical professionals understand where I was at. She told me to feel free to share it. I keep a copy in my purse all the time with extra copies to give to friends and leave behind at medical offices.

Pain Scale, simplified

0 - Pain Free
Mild Pain- nagging, annoying, but doesn't really interfere with daily living activities

1-Pain is very mild, barely noticeable. Most of the time you don't think about it.

2 - Minor pain. Annoying and may have occasional stronger twinges

3 - Pain is noticeable and distracting, however, you can get used to it and adapt.

Moderate pain - Interferes significantly with daily living activities

4 - Moderate pain. If you are deeply involved in an activity, it can be ignored for a period of time, but it is still distracting.

5 - Moderate strong pain. It can't be ignored for more than a few minutes, but with effort you still can manage to work or participate in some social activities.

6 - Moderately strong pain that interferes with normal daily activities. Difficulty concentrating.

Severe pain - Disabling, unable to perform daily living activities

7 - Severe pain that dominates your senses and significantly limits your ability to perform normal daily activities or maintain social relationships. Interferes with sleep.

8 - Intense pain. Physical activity is severely limited. Conversing requires great effort.

9 - Excruciating pain. Unable to converse. Crying out and/or moaning uncontrollably.

10 - Unspeakable pain. Bedridden and possibly delirious. Very few people will ever experience this level of pain.

  1. , This is really helpful, thank you so much for sharing! When it comes to life with chronic pain it's hard sometimes to really put it into words! This is a great guide and tool.
    Gabby (team member)

    1. great listing thanks for sharing that. So many don't understand the severity so this can help. ~Racquel~ lupus.net team member

      1. This is awesome. Mind if I save it?

        1. , Please do! This site is a space so people can share resources with each other! Please feel free to save it and share it with anyone else you think would find it helpful on their journey!
          Gabby (team member)

      2. Thank you!

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