Pain relief plays a big part in your recovery. So be honest when a healthcare provider asks about your degree of pain. They may ask you to describe your level of pain. On a scale of 0 to 10 (if 0 means no pain, and 10 is the worst pain), how severe is the pain? Also describe the type of pain. Is it aching, burning, sharp, twisting, or dull? Or does it feel like an electric shock? Tell them how often the pain is happening and if it is linked to certain activities.