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Post-pain med pain scale.

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This pain scale was created by Paula on the ‘Clouds’ message board.

Please note: 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 or topical treatments such as 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 a 4-6 level.)

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

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

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

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Written by tldegray

July 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Posted in Chronic Pain, Health, Uncategorized

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