Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

Pain, Mental Pain, and Fatigue scoring

Next time you (or someone you're talking to) needs to describe their pain, mental pain, or fatigue on a scale of 0/1-10 here's some charts to help keep everyone on the same page.

(All images and transcriptions from Tumblr

Pain Scale transcription:
10: I am in bed and I can’t move due to my pain. I need someone to take me to the emergency room because of my pain.
9: My pain is all that I can think about. I can barely move or talk because of my pain.
8: My pain is so severe that it is difficult to think of anything else. Talking and listening are difficult.
7: I am in pain all the time. It keeps me from doing most activities.
6: I think about my pain all of the time. I give up many activities because of my pain.
5: I think about my pain most of the time. I cannot do some of the activities I need to do each day because of the pain.
4: I am constantly aware of my pain but can continue most activities.
3: My pain bothers me but I can ignore it most of the time.
2: I have a low level of pain. I am aware of my pain only when I pay attention to it.
1: My pain is hardly noticeable.
0: I have no pain.

Fatigue Scale transcription:
10: can barely move; can’t talk
9: can barely move; can talk
8: can move, but can’t do much more than watch TV
7: can watch TV and play a game on my phone simultaneously
6: can do work on my computer lying in bed
5: can get around the house, but definitely couldn’t go out
4: can run a light errand
3: can get in my 10,000 steps, making my fitbit happy
2: can do three or more activities in a single day
1: going clubbing!

Mental Health Pain Scale transcription:
10: The worst mental and emotional distress possible. You can no longer care for yourself. You can’t imagine things getting any worse. Contact a crisis line immediately.
9: You’re at a critical point. You aren’t functioning any more. You need urgent help. You may be a risk to yourself or others if left untreated.
8: You can’t hide your struggles any more. You may have issues sleeping, eating, having fun, socialising, and work/study. Your mental health is affecting almost all parts of your life.
7: You’re avoiding things that make you more distressed, but that will make it worse. You should definitely seek help. This is serious.
6: You can’t do things the way you usually do them due to your mental health. Impulsive and compulsive thoughts may be hard to cope with.
5: Your mental health is starting to impact on your everyday life. Easy things are becoming difficult. You should talk to your doctor.
4: Today is a bad day (or a few bad days). You still have the skills to get through it, but be gentle with yourself. Use self-care strategies.
3: Things are bothering you, but you’re coping. You might be overtired or hungry. The emotional equivalent of a headache.
2: You’re a bit frustrated or disappointed, but you’re easily distracted and cheered up with a little effort.
1: Everything is a-okay! There is absolutely nothing wrong. You’re probably cuddling a fluffy kitten right now. Enjoy!

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