Here are just a few of the Pain Scales that the Medical field uses. Look at the different ones. One thing they all have in common is when the pain level starts to get high. That is the time (8,9,10) that you should be looking to get medical assistance. If your pain level hits 9 or above, you should seek immediate medical assistance. It is not healthy for any individual to try to manage pain levels that exceed 9.
The one problem with any scale is how it related to YOU
My pain level of 5 could be someone else's pain level of 9 or another as pain level 3!. It is so difficult to really measure.
Now that you have seen the formal pain scales, this is what I like to use:I am doing okIts hurting but with help, I can manageThis is too much, I need lots of help
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences