Red931 posted the "Pain Scale" in the Pain Management Community. I am going to start referring to it now instead of just picking arbitrary numbers. Also, I am going to really try to focus on using an average level of pain for the day instead of the most intense point of pain for the day for THIS tracker since I am using THIS tracker to track my over-all ability to function. I hope that doing it in this way will better reflect a cumulative picture of my life, instead of just snap shots of particularly difficult times. I will still refer to specific moments of "Mild" "Moderate" and "Severe" pain in my other trackers though.
As you can see, today was a very good day with only moderate pain and quite a lot of productive activity, YAY!
This is the Pain Scale that they posted:
0 – Pain free.
Mild Pain – Nagging, annoying, but doesn't really interfere with daily living activities.
1 – Pain is very mild, barely noticeable. Most of the time you don't think about it.
2 – Minor pain. Annoying and may have occasional stronger twinges.
3 – Pain is noticeable and distracting, however, you can get used to it and adapt.
Moderate Pain – Interferes significantly with daily living activities.
4 – Moderate pain. If you are deeply involved in an activity, it can be ignored for a period of time, but is still distracting.
5 – Moderately strong pain. It can't be ignored for more than a few minutes, but with effort you still can manage to work or participate in some social activities.
6 – Moderately strong pain that interferes with normal daily activities. Difficulty concentrating.
Severe Pain – Disabling; unable to perform daily living activities.
7 – Severe pain that dominates your senses and significantly limits your ability to perform normal daily activities or maintain social relationships. Interferes with sleep.
8 – Intense pain. Physical activity is severely limited. Conversing requires great effort.
9 – Excruciating pain. Unable to converse. Crying out and/or moaning uncontrollably.
10 – Unspeakable pain. Bedridden and possibly delirious. Very few people will ever experience this level of pain.
Life Tracker (Pain + General)