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Pain adjectives. Can you rate them?

By 7 September 2017Language Tips

In English we have many adjectives for pain including stabbing, terrible, slight, shooting…

Some adjectives describe the intensity of the pain while other adjectives describe the frequency of the pain.

It is important to be familiar with pain adjectives patients typically use as well as the information the adjective gives you about how the pain makes them feel.

Example of pain rating (1 is the most painful, 5 is the least painful)

dull – 5

burning – 2

excruciating – 1

nagging – 4

throbbing – 3