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I found this pain scale and thought it was an accurate gauge for patients to assess their pain.

0 Pain Free No medication needed.

1 Very minor annoyance - occasional minor twinges. No medication needed.

2 Minor annoyance - occasional strong twinges. No medication needed.

3 Annoying enough to be distracting. Mild painkillers are effective. (Aspirin, Ibuprofen.)

4 Can be ignored if you are really involved in your work, but still distracting. Mild painkillers relieve pain for 3-4 hours.

5 Can't be ignored for more than 30 minutes. Mild painkillers reduce 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 (Codeine, Vicodin) reduce pain for 3-4 hours.

7 Makes it difficult to concentrate, interferes with sleep You can still function with effort. Stronger painkillers are only partially effective. Strongest painkillers relieve pain (Oxycontin, Morphine)

8 Physical activity severely limited. You can read and converse with effort. Nausea and dizziness set in as factors of pain. Stronger painkillers are minimally effective. Strongest painkillers reduce pain for 3-4 hours.

9 Unable to speak. Crying out or moaning uncontrollably - near delirium. Strongest painkillers are only partially effective.

10 Unconscious. Pain makes you pass out. Strongest painkillers are only partially effective.

I experienced #10 on this scale prior to my fusion surgery where I passed out on the floor during the night while attempting to go to the washroom.