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Keeping a Pain Journal

May 26, 2016 | Category: Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, News & Press

Pain symptoms can often flare for unexpected reasons. Tracking symptoms and patterns can help.

A good way to track pain patterns and approach possible treatments is to make a record of your daily activities along with a daily level of pain.

In your journal, rate your pain each day. In addition, notate a summary of your daily activities. This may help give you a guide to which activities alleviate pain. It will also help you find patterns of activities that might be triggering acute pain attacks or worsening chronic symptoms.

 

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An effective journal will include the following things:

You can share what you learn with your provider each month. A consistent journal will allow for you and your provider to recognize pain patterns and help create a treatment plan that is specific to your individual needs.