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SEVERE PAIN LEVELS
If you have a pain level which is 7 or above (as on the chart below) you must attend A&E or ring for an ambulance.
The following table might help you to complete the pain severity questions safely.
|SCORE||SEVERITY||LONG DESCRIPTION AND EXAMPLES|
|0 (none)||No pain||No pain at all; perfectly normal|
|1 (mild)||Very mild||Very minor annoyance; mild twinges; barely noticeable (mosquito bite)|
|2 (mild)||Discomforting||Minor annoyance; strong twinges (pinch fold of skin)|
|3 (mild)||Tolerable||Annoying enough to be distracting; can get used to it and adapt (accidental cut, an injection)|
|4 (moderate)||Distressing||Can be ignored if really involved in activity, but still distracting (average toothache, pinching skin really hard with fingernails)|
|5 (moderate)||Very distressing||Can't be ignored for more than 30 minutes, but participating in most normal activities (badly sprained ankle)|
|6 (moderate)||Intense||Can't be ignored for any length of time; affecting normal daily activities (severe back pain spasms)|
|7 (severe)||Very intense||Makes it difficult to concentrate; dominates senses; interferes with sleep; can still function with great effort (average migraine)|
|8 (very severe)||Utterly horrible||All physical activity severely limited; can read and converse with great effort (childbirth)|
|9 (very severe)||Excrutiatingly unbearable||Unable to speak; crying out or moaning uncontrollably; near delirium (throat cancer; kidney stone)|
|10 (worst pain imaginable)||Unimaginable; unspeakable||Unconscious; bedridden; pain makes you pass out (multiple injuries from road accident; crushed limbs)|
This table is compiled from multiple sources and is intended to be a guide only