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The pain scale is for measuring human pain with some suggestions of causes, preventions, and relief. In the past pain was difficult to talk about, because there wasn’t any way of consistently comparing one pain with another one. This post discusses briefly each of the defined fourteen Probaway PAIN Scale PAINS levels. Everyone will be familiar with the smaller numbers on the chart perhaps through PAINS~7 or 8, but hopefully you will never have, or even witness anything much worse.

The Probaway Pain Scale

PAINS~0 is a state of having none. No pain at all even when you search for it. This is not the same as being numb or drugged, but rather the ideal state of being in such good health that the whole body, and spirit are in perfect harmony.

PAINS~1 is a level of pain so slight that you must actively search for the sensation to perceive anything, and it is usually the lower limit of pain for most people.

PAINS~2 is a mild pain that it is usually in the background, and you simply ignore it when busy, but it is eased by shifting attention a little.

PAINS~3 hurts a moderate amount, but it goes away when you are distracted by something as easy as slow walking or watching TV.

PAINS~4 is a pain noticeable enough that you still perceive it even when actively engaged in some activity such as walking briskly.

PAINS~5 is uncomfortable, but you can ignore it enough to carry on effectively with important tasks, even detailed ones like remembering a phone number.

PAINS~6 is annoying pain, but you are able to work through it on important tasks even though the pain is constant, and very distracting.

PAINS~7 is a vexing pain such as encountered in competitive contact sports, and one must be highly motivated to do effective work with this load of pain.

PAINS~8 is a pain so distressing that one can only perform gross motor activities well, and even these will be a little stiff, and contorted.

PAINS~9 is a hampering pain that actively interferes with purposeful activities, and detail work like writing or paying close attention to details becomes intermittent.

PAINS~10 is a disabling pain that is so intense that the sufferer even has trouble talking.

PAINS~11 is a horrible pain so intense it affects balance, and there is great trouble in even controlling one’s legs, and walking.

PAINS~12 is agonizing, and the sufferer cannot walk, or stand, and is lying down, and writhing.

PAINS~13 is excruciating with intermittent convulsions, rigidities, and limpness.

PAINS~14 is unbearable, and the bearer is in a hallucinating haze and lapsing in, and out of consciousness.

This pain scale can be applied to individual parts of the body, and if one foot was injured it might have a PAINS~9, but the other healthy foot might have a more typical PAINS~3. When talking about the whole person the greatest pain would be the one considered as the overall pain rating, because it is the one which is most distracting from purposeful activities. If a person took some aspirin, with a PAINS~ rating of minus 2, each of the numbers would drop by 2 points, and the overall pain rating of PAINS~9 would drop to PAINS~7.

This same scale can easily be applied to other things besides physical pain. Emotional pain can have many of the same symptoms as described for physical pain, and can be rated directly on the PAINS scale. Even social groups can be rated, and even cities, countries, and even the whole world can be rated on the PAINS scale. I would rate the world pain at present as PAINS~5. During WW II it would have been a PAINS~9 outside of combat zones. The week of Doomsday it will be PAINS~11—14 depending upon location. Thirty years after Doomsday the world PAINS number could be quite low if a stable sustainable population could be achieved.

[Update – I applied this pain theory to a friend of mine JA who was sick and showing a PAINS~11. He asked me to take him home, but I took him to a hospital, and they put him on intravenous antibiotics for a week for MERSA.]