Rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 indicating no
pain and 10 being the worst pain you can imagine. Then look below to find the
appropriate term to apply to the level of severity of your pain.
0 = No pain
1 to 5 = Mild
6 to 7 = Moderate pain
8 to 9 = Severe
10 = Worst pain possible
Mild to moderate pain
It is normal to have some
mild to moderate pain after a minor facial injury. Home treatment is often all
that is needed to relieve your pain.
Nerve pain can be a symptom of many different conditions, including cancer,
HIV, diabetes, and shingles. For some, nerve pain is frustrating. For many
others, nerve pain is devastating and life-changing.
Whether it feels like burning, pinpricks, or sudden shocks of electricity,
nerve pain can disrupt your life at home and at work. It can limit your ability
to get around. Over time, it can grind you down. Studies show that people with
nerve pain have higher rates of sleep problems, anxiety,...
A jaw disorder called
temporomandibular disorder occasionally can begin
after a jaw injury, although more commonly it occurs over time from jaw
Pain that occurs with other symptoms, such as redness,
warmth, increasing swelling, fever, or pus, may be caused by infection.
Infection is more likely to occur if your skin was cut or punctured during the
Severe pain may be a sign of a more
Severe, constant, or localized pain that starts
immediately after a facial injury may be caused by a severe bruise (contusion),
muscle spasms (trismus), a broken jaw, broken cheekbone, broken facial bone, or
Severe "pinpoint" pain that starts at the time of
the injury may mean a broken bone (fracture).
Pain that persists despite home treatment may indicate
that the injury is worse than you thought.
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
May 11, 2009
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 11, 2009
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