Rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 indicating very little
pain and 10 being the worst pain you have ever experienced. Then look below to
find the appropriate term to apply to the level of severity of your pain.
1 to 5 = Mild pain
6 to 7 = Moderate
8 to 9 = Severe pain
10 = Worst pain
Pain from minor injuries is usually mild to moderate. The pain may
gradually become more severe over time because of swelling and muscle spasms.
"Spasm" pain can begin minutes to hours after an injury and usually gets better
or goes away within 48 hours, but it can come and go.
Even mild chronic pain -- whether from arthritis, migraines, or another condition -- can be debilitating. So it makes sense to take a pain reliever to make the hurt go away. But when you walk down the aisle of your local drug store, there are many pain pills to choose from. How do you know which pain pill to choose? And just what is the difference between aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen?
Aspirin and ibuprofen belong to a large class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory...
You may have bumped your
funny bone at the back of your elbow, causing shooting
pain and numbness. The funny-bone sensation can be intense, but it is normal
and will go away on its own.
Pain may also occur:
With an overuse injury, such as
muscle strain. Pain comes on gradually after
repetition of the same activity. See
signs of an elbow overuse problem.
After a sudden (acute) injury,
such as a deep bruise (contusion),
dislocated elbow. Pain is sudden and often severe.
Bruising and swelling may develop within 30 minutes of the
Pain that is worse in the morning and improves
during the day may be caused by
osteoarthritis, which may develop from injury or
simple wear and tear. Other types of arthritis can affect the elbow, such as