If you suffer from chronic pain, you should keep a diary. A diary is important for your doctor to know exactly what the causes and triggers are for your pain. A diary is to keep track of the frequency, severity, and location of your pain. You should rate your pain different times of the day on a scale of 1 to 10. You should also record if it disrupts your day in any way. When the doctor has this information, they can find a better treatment and medication plan for you.
- Pain medication that was taken should be recorded along with if it worked, how fast it worked, and how long it worked.
- Track your pain while it is occurring and also when it has subsided for a true test of your pain.
- Other treatments for chronic pain can be gentle exercises such as yoga; see our natural pain remedies slide show for more.