Since I've had a rare good day today I decided to do something useful and put together my own version of a pain scale. I often find it difficult to explain the severity of my pain so I've tried to relate it to pain that most people will understand. I taken the universal pain scale and added my own definitions. I've stuck with 1-10 as that's what doctors/nurses are used to:
1-2 Pain can be ignored -for example a mosquito bite
3-4 Pain interferes with tasks- for example really bad toothache, you can carry on a task such as driving a car if you need to
5-6 Interferes with concentration -for example really bad throbbing headache, would not be safe to drive
7-8 Interferes with basic needs- for example food poisoning or migraine
9- Writhing in agony -for example slamming your thumb in the front door
10-Excruciating -for example childbirth/circumcision without pain relief, would do ANYTHING to stop the pain!
When googling pain scales I found one with charlie brown faces, so wrong but so funny.
Feel free to add any suggestions
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