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If you suffer from chronic pain than a pain diary is definitely a "must have" tool because pain is hard to remember and describe accurately after its passed.
Think about the times when you've tried to explain how much pain you've been in or to answer your doctor's questions about location and duration. It's not easy is it? If youre like me you'll stumble around trying to recall the details and all the time worrying that you're getting it all wrong.
With a well managed diary you can accurately record all the details that are needed which enables you to become an active partner in your pain management program.
There are two different tools that I recommend for recording pain.
Which ever method you chose to use you will need to consider how often you will complete the diary.
There are two possible strategies.
After you've used the diary for a couple of weeks it is worth analysing the data. Look for trends. Does the pain come on at a particular time of day? Is there some sort of activity that triggers it? Has the intensity stayed largely the same or changed? What helps you most?
It's also a good idea to ask the person you're providing the information to what sort of information is important to them.Pain is very draining. It affects our sleep, our appetite and our mood. It stops us socialising and working. Being active in your pain management is the smartest way of helping your doctor help you.
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