Do you have acute or chronic pain and want to make the pain go away. If so start out by keeping a pain diary. I am here to give you some basic information why you should use a pain diary, what to record, and the concept of them. Basically, a pain diary is used to help you and your doctor figure out when your pain is at its worst, what treatments you use to control the pain, and what treatments worked. Ultimately this will allow you to come up with a pain management system that will work for you based on your own personal experiences.
Your doctor needs a detailed data log providing to him about your acute or chronic pain and with that knowledge should be able to come up with a treatment plan for you.
There are five main points to note that you should record in your pain diary.
1. Pain level
At different times of the day you should using a 0-10 scale rate your pain. This will allow your doctor easily asses what times of the day are the worst for your pain and setup a pain treatment schedule accordingly. Do this at least four times a day.
2. List the medicines you took for your pain and its effects on you
This is a simple task of listing any medicines you took, how much, and stating whether or not they helped or not. This will allow your doctor to take note on what medicines work and adjust them accordingly. Either they will change your medicine or change your dosage amount.
3. Any other non-drug related theory
Keep records of any non drug related treatments in you pain diary throughout your day. Example: yoga, acupuncture, massage, meditation, etc. This is the best treatment option if it works as it has no side effects and is a natural way for your body to fight pain. My personal favorite pain treatment is trigger point therapy.
4. Anything else throughout your day that made the pain better or worse
note any big changes in your day. Were you stressed, stand a long period, drive long distances in a car, play with your kids, etc. These changes can play a major role in chronic pain suffers.
5. Moments you are proud of
Did you have a pain free period in your day. If so write it down. It is important to keep track of this otherwise you become obsessed with your pain and will not enjoy anything else in life anymore. To keep yourself going do not skip this step.
That is it. Just keep a record of your pain in your pain diary for about a month or two. You should do this daily. The best way to remember to do this is do it at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime. After a month or so share this information with your doctor and ask them to go over some pain management options with them.