Pain Scale

Very Important: This is the pain level that is experienced AFTER taking the daily
medication prescribed by your doctor.

0-Pain free

1-Very minor annoyance -mild aches to some parts of the body. No pain
medication needed.

2-Minor annoyance- dull aches to some parts of the body. No pain
medication needed.

3-Annoying enough to be distracting. Over-the-Counter pain relievers
(such as Naproxen Sodium, Acetamonophen, or topical treatments such as
Absorbine or Arthritis Pain relieving rubs) take care of it.

4-Can be ignored if you are really involved in your work, but still distracting.
Over-the-Counter pain relievers remove pain for 3-4 hours.

5-Can't be ignored for more than 30 minutes. Over-the-Counter pain
relievers help somewhat (bring pain level from 5 to a 3 or 4) with pain for
3-4 hours.

6-Can't be ignored for any length of time, but you can still go to work and
participate in social activities. Stronger painkillers (such as Ultram) relieve
pain for 3-4 hours.

7-Makes it difficult to concentrate, interferes with sleep. You can still
function with effort. Stronger painkillers (such as Ultram) are only partially
effective. (Stronger pain killers bring pain from a 7 to 4-6.)

8-Physical activity severely limited. You can read and converse with effort.
Stronger pain killers (such as Ultram) are not effective. (Narcotic pain killers
do bring this pain down to a level 3 or lower.)

9-Non functional for all practical purposes. Cannot concentrate. Physical
activity halted. Panic sets in.(Narcotic Pain killers bring the pain level from 9
to the 4-6 level.)

10-Totally non-functional. Unable to speak. Crying our or moaning
uncontrollably - near delirium.

This Pain Scale was created by Paula, another FMS sufferer who needed to communicate with her doctor more effectively.

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