Medical Pain Scale

Have difficulty rating your pain levels when the physician, nurse, or therapist asks? Here are a couple of functional pain scales that define the 0-10 pain scale. Click here to view the Michigan Pain Measurement Scales.

0  Pain free

1  Very minor annoyance-occasional minor twinges

2  Minor annoyance-occasional

3  Annoying enough to be distracting

4  Can be ignored if you are really involved in your work, but still distracting,

5  Can’t be ignored for more than 30 minutes.

6  Can’t be ignored for any length of time, but you can still go to work and participate in social activities.

7  Make it difficult to concentrate, interferes with sleep, you can still function with effort

8  Physical activity severely limited. You can read and converse with effort. Nausea and dizziness may occur.

9  Unable to speak, crying out or moaning uncontrollable- pain makes you pass out

10  Unconscious. Pain makes you pass out.