a helpful pain scale for people who have difficulty with doing body inventory or quantifying pain

0-10 Scale of Pain Severity

  • 10 – Unable to Move: I am in bed and can’t move due to my pain. I need someone to take me to the emergency room to get help for my pain.

  • 9 – Severe: My pain is all that I can think about. I can barely talk or move because of the pain.

  • 8 – Intense: My pain is so severe that it is hard to think of anything else. Talking and listening are difficult.

  • 7 – Unmanageable: I am in pain all the time. It keeps me from doing most activities.

  • 6 – Distressing: I think about my pain all of the time. I give up many activities because of my pain.

  • 5 – Distracting: I think about my pain most of the time. I cannot do some of the activities I need to do each day because of the pain.

  • 4 – Moderate: I am constantly aware of my pain but I can continue most activities.

  • 3 – Uncomfortable: My pain bothers me but I can ignore it most of the time.

  • 2 – Mild: I have a low level of pain. I am aware of my pain only when I pay attention to it.

  • 1 – Minimal: My pain is hardly noticeable.

  • 0 – No Pain: I have no pain.

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This is amazing and so helpful!


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