After a doctor diagnoses you with chronic pain or you realize that you suffer from pain on a regular basis, you need to decide what to do next. Patients experience different levels of pain based on their daily activity level and other factors, and while one remedy might work well for one of your friends, it might not work for you. Though you might laugh at the idea of keeping a journal because you haven’t written in a journal in years, a chronic pain journal helps you see what causes flare ups and which remedies work for you.
Keeping a pain journal doesn’t mean that you need to write in it every day, but it’s helpful to keep track of flare up and the pain that you feel. When you experience pain, flip to a new page in your journal. Write down what you did that day and what you did right before the pain started. You also need to record the date and time of the pain and where the pain occurred in your body. After a few weeks, you can use your journal to learn what lead to the pain and which activities cause you the most pain. You’ll also want to note when your pain disrupted your daily life.
Keeping Track of Management Techniques
A chronic pain journal means nothing unless you also record the pain management techniques that you used. Write down which remedies you tried, the relief that you felt from each one and which ones worked the best to battle your pain. Many people find it helpful to keep track of how long it took before they felt relief and the type and dosage of any medications that they took. Keeping track of your management techniques gives you a resource that you can back to time and again. As soon as your pain starts, you can flip through your journal to find out which technique offers you the most relief.