Keeping a pain journal

 

If you have chronic pain keeping a pain journal can be a valuable tool. Keep track of your pain levels, triggers and occurrence. Make notes during the day when your pain is better and worse. Describe the type of pain (ache, burning, pressure, deep itch, creepy-crawlies, etc.) and where it located. It might also help to keep track of your diet. Certain foods may be responsible for an increase in pain. So if you notice on days with a high fat intake your pain suddenly gets worse, remove those foods from your diet and see if it helps. This can also be a tool to share with your doctor to determine therapy and medication prescriptions.

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