Neurological

The Pain Catastrophizing Scale

So I’ve been using the pain catastrophizing scale alot recently and discussing studies using it on this site.  If you aren’t familiar with the scale, I wanted to post it below:

We are interested in the types of thoughts and feeling that you have when you are in pain.  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
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