Pain Vigilance Scale

Everyone experiences painful situations at some point in their lives. Thoughts and feelings influence these painful experiences.

Listed below are thirteen statements describing different thoughts and feelings that may be associated with pain. Using the scale, please indicate the degree to which you have these thoughts and feelings when you are experiencing pain.

 

Not at all To a slight degree To a moderate degree To a great degree All the time
I worry all the time about whether the pain will end 0 1 2 3 4
I feel I can’t go on 0 1 2 3 4
It’s terrible and I think it’s never going to get any better 0 1 2 3 4
It’s awful and I feel that it overwhelms me 0 1 2 3 4
I feel I can’t stand it anymore 0 1 2 3 4
I become afraid that the pain will get worse 0 1 2 3 4
I keep thinking of other painful events 0 1 2 3 4
I anxiously want the pain to go away 0 1 2 3 4
I can’t seem to keep it out of my mind 0 1 2 3 4
I keep thinking about how much it hurts 0 1 2 3 4
I keep thinking about how badly I want the pain to stop 0 1 2 3 4
There’s nothing I can do to reduce the intensity of the pain 0 1 2 3 4
I wonder whether something serious may happen 0 1 2 3 4

(Copyright 1995, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009 Michael JL Sullivan, PhD)

 

Pain Awareness Questionnaire  

Please read the sentences and choose a number between 0 (never) and 5 (always) that best describes you pain awareness. Once you complete the questionnaire, schedule an introductory call with me.

 

Never Always
1. I am very sensitive to pain 0 1 2 3 4 5
2. I am aware of quick changes in pain 0 1 2 3 4 5
3. I am quick to notice when pain goes up or down 0 1 2 3 4 5
4. I am quick to notice effects of medicines on pain 0 1 2 3 4 5
5. I am quick to notice if pain moves to another place on my body 0 1 2 3 4 5
6. I focus on feelings of pain 0 1 2 3 4 5
7. I notice pain even if I am busy with another activity 0 1 2 3 4 5
8. I know right away when pain starts or gets worse 0 1 2 3 4 5
9. When I do something that makes pain worse, the first thing I do is check to see how much worse it got 0 1 2 3 4 5
10. I know right away when pain levels go down 0 1 2 3 4 5
11. I am more aware of pain than other people 0 1 2 3 4 5
12. I pay close attention to pain 0 1 2 3 4 5
13. I keep track of my pain level 0 1 2 3 4 5
14. I become distracted by pain 0 1 2 3 4 5