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Pain diary

Postby Tracie » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:26 am

Has anyone had to do a pain diary,if so how did you do it.
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Re: Pain diary

Postby pkd1272 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:41 am

I do keep a diary but it isn't an official one requested by Doctors. I just keep a record of how I am, when my symptoms are worse, how long does the chronic fatigue last etc
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Re: Pain diary

Postby Tracie » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:43 am

Ah ok do not know where to start.
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Re: Pain diary

Postby ruth2013 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:55 am

Hi there,

I keep an unofficial one too, which sometimes my doctor has a look at.

I did a spreadsheet on excel which was easier, but basically the list includes which body parts are hurting, what medication I am on and how much I am taking daily, as the tramadol for example is if and when needed. A score out of ten each day on how I have felt. Any other things that have happened like a fibro fog episode where I cant remember where I am sort of thing or more sweating than normal. Also how many hours sleep I am getting a night as that is an issue for me.

I think you have to make it personal to yourself as only you will know what is relevant. List as much info as you want just remember the more you list the more you will have to keep up to date, there is a Fibro app available to android and apple phones, alas I have a windows phone so I cant get it.

Good luck and hope it helps.
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Re: Pain diary

Postby LouLou » Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:40 am

Hi Tracie

Ruth's advice is spot on. I had to do one for my GP but I just used an A5 sized notebook. I put a key at the front showing how I was rating the pain level eg 0 = no pain 10 = worst pain imaginable.

I would use a page a day and just jot down what my pain level was in the morning (between 9-12) in the afternoon (12 - 4ish) and then again at night time (5pm onwards) I also made notes on what I had done that day, if it had been a really busy day, if I was stressed/worried etc. I also included how I'd slept each night.

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Re: Pain diary

Postby Tracie » Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:41 am

up to now got woke with stiffness which I do everyday,tiredness and headache
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Re: Pain diary

Postby LouLou » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:09 pm

Tracie

I often wake up really stiff and in pain. I have a soak in the bath each morning which normally helps loosen me up and ease the pain.
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Re: Pain diary

Postby Tracie » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:18 pm

yeah I have a bath morn and evening and I am always active
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