0 Pain free.
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.
4 Moderate pain. If you are deeply involved in an activity, it can be ignored for a period of time, but is still distracting
5 Moderately 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.
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.
While talking with doctors, another common overstating mistake is smiling and conversing with the doctor, then stating that your pain level is a 10. If you are able to sit and carry on a normal conversation, your pain is not a 10... or even a 9. Actually, an 8 on the pain scale has been compared to natural childbirth..
People in the medical field are very in tune to the pain scale. It is a guide o how they are going to proceed with a patient. Probably the biggest mistake people make is that they over state their pain level. Some feel that by stating a 10, they will get all the attention they need. However, that works against them, for even to state you have a pain level 10 and say it normally, there is a big question.
I've talked with several emergency room doctors and they say that the two items that always raise a red flag to the staff are:
1 . I need more medication, what I have does not work
2. My pain level is 10
I've actually witness where an incoming patient says that on a scale of 1 to 10, the pain level is 25... Yet at the same time, they are texting to a friend.
Measurements on a Pain Scale are very important. They are currently the only gauge in which the medical field can address situation. In order to get the proper treatment, identifying your pain level needs to be as accurate as possible.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences