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How to Describe Your Pain Using the Pain Scale

Faces Pain Rating Scale

Very often, you are asked to rate your pain using a scale from 0 to 10. We also ask that you rate your pain using the pain scale on your “best” day, “worst” day, and “average” day. This helps us get a clear picture of how your pain level fluctuates on a daily basis.

It is important to accurately rate your pain. A 0 out of 10 rating would indicate that you have NO pain at all. A 10 out of 10 pain would be the type of pain that would require you to be transferred to the hospital, as this type of pain would most likely require multiple doses of medication to help control. You do not need to be at a 10 pain level to receive pain medications or other forms of treatment from your provider.

So, the next time you are asked to rate your pain, try to rate your pain as accurately as possible so that we can treat you appropriately.