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Mankoski Pain Scale
#1
Deb's post about her pain level reminded me of this pain scale that C B posted on the old forum. It is a very good measure to use. I remember there was a lot of positive comments the last time it was brought out. I'm a pretty consistant 7, but I think it might be less if the darn psychological injury didn't have such control. TongueTongueTongue

0 - Pain Free

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 take care of it. (Aspirin, Ibuprofen.)

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

5 - Can't be ignored for more than 30 minutes. Mild painkillers ameliorate 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, narcotics) 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.

8 - Physical activity severely limited. You can read and converse with effort. Nausea and dizziness set in as factors of pain.

9 - Unable to speak. Crying out or moaning uncontrollably - near delirium.

10 - Unconscious. Pain makes you pass out.
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Thank you for posting this ChrisChris...I am staying at about a 7 as well which is obvious from some of my posts lately Smile
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#3
Thanks Chris, I can't believe it, but with all of my Meds. even this new Patch, I'm a steady 8 every Day, with episodes of 9 at lease a couple or more times a Week!! WOW!!!Sad
 
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#4
CC, thank you for reposting that. I found that about 15 months ago, and printed a bunch of copys, because this is the one I understand. I take it with me, and give it to all my doctors, thay have all thanked me and are willing to use it when dealing with me.

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The bad news is,"You can get used to anything."
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#5
ChrisChris..thank you for posting this pain scale. It sure helps me to understand everyone's pain levels better. I believe it helps everyone describe their pain better also. This was great ...thank you... Red
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#6
Chris...Thank you for posting this....It sure is different from the one that my Dr's have me use. But this one sure gives more detail of what the pain is. I am going to print this one off and show it to my Dr's. It sure is better. Thanks again.
 
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#7
Comparative Pain Scale
0 No pain. Feeling perfectly normal.
Minor

Does not interfere with most activities. Able to adapt to pain psychologically and with medication or devices such as cushions.
1
Very Mild Very light barely noticable pain, like a mosquito bite or a poison ivy itch. Most of the time you never think about the pain.
2
Discomforting Minor pain, like lightly pinching the fold of skin between the thumb and first finger with the other hand, using the fingernails. Note that people react differently to this self-test.
3
Tolerable Very noticable pain, like an accidental cut, a blow to the nose causing a bloody nose, or a doctor giving you an injection. The pain is not so strong that you cannot get used to it. Eventually, most of the time you don't notice the pain. You have adapted to it.
Moderate

Interferes with many activities. Requires lifestyle changes but patient remains independent. Unable to adapt to pain.
4
Distressing Strong, deep pain, like an average toothache, the initial pain from a bee sting, or minor trauma to part of the body, such as stubbing your toe real hard. So strong you notice the pain all the time and cannot completely adapt. This pain level can be simulated by pinching the fold of skin between the thumb and first finger with the other hand, using the fingernails, and squeezing real hard. Note how the similated pain is initially piercing but becomes dull after that.
3
Very
Distressing Strong, deep, piercing pain, such as a sprained ankle when you stand on it wrong, or mild back pain. Not only do you notice the pain all the time, you are now so preoccupied with managing it that you normal lifestyle is curtailed. Temporary personality disorders are frequent.
6
Intense Strong, deep, piercing pain so strong it seems to partially dominate your senses, causing you to think somewhat unclearly. At this point you begin to have trouble holding a job or maintaining normal social relationships. Comparable to a bad non-migriane headache combined with several bee stings, or a bad back pain.
Severe

Unable to engage in normal activities. Patient is disabled and unable to function independently.
7
Very
Intense Same as 6 except the pain completely dominates your senses, causing you to think unclearly about half the time. At this point you are effectively disabled and frequently cannot live alone. Comparable to an average migraine headache.

8
Utterly
Horrible Pain so intense you can no longer think clearly at all, and have often undergone severe personality change if the pain has been present for a long time. Suicide is frequently contemplated and sometimes tried. Comparable to childbirth or a real bad migraine headache.
9
Excruciating
Unbearable Pain so intense you cannot tolerate it and demand pain killers or surgery, no matter what the side effects or risk. If this doesn't work, suicide is frequent since there is no more joy in life whatsoever. Comparable to throat cancer.
10
Unimaginable
Unspeakable Pain so intense you will go unconscious shortly. Most people have never experienced this level of pain. Those who have suffered a severe accident, such as a crushed hand, and lost consciousness as a result of the pain and not blood loss, have experienced level 10.
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