Have you ever noticed how the “face” pain scales just do not make any sense? I have noticed this especially when I am in pain. Sometimes they seem more like a slap in the face – like mister “have a nice day” got rained on and has wet shoes. At that point why not start using ice cream scoops for the severity of the pain. “Boy I tell ya, my pain is at a triple decker today!”
Below is a chartwithdescriptions that I feel work out better, at least for me.
I am happy to say that I have never been to “Too Serious for Numbers”.
0 = All is clear, running on all cylinders without problem
1 = Hey there, what’s that? Oh well.
2 = OK, I felt something that could become comfortable at some point
3 = There it was again, still do not like it.
4 = Yep, that is definite pain.
5 = Hey – its back. And it has a friend, neither are nice.
6 = There is definitely a disturbance in the force.
7 = This is already uncomfortable and now I have jumpy leg syndrome to off set my brain from noticing.
8 = WOW – this is not cool, I need drugs.
9 = Please, no one touch me.
10 = I need full sedation to survive.
11 = No speech or other communication possible just searing, complete pain.
Too Serious for Numbers = I will not recover – ever. Praying for a quick death.