Preparing Yourself For A Long Hospital Stay

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Pen Vs. Pain: 4 Reasons You Should Keep A Pain Journal

Health & Medical Blog

If you suffer from chronic pain, one of the best things you can do to advocate for the most effective treatment possible is to keep a pain journal. A pain journal is usually a notebook, although it can be a smartphone app or document as well. In it, you rate your level of pain throughout the day along with any noteworthy occurrences such as spikes in pain or pain-free days. Along with a numbered pain scale and the time, you should record what you were doing around that time. This data can be helpful for several reasons.

It Will Allow You to Assess the Effectiveness of Your Medication 

If your pain medication is at the right level, you should notice a reduction in your pain. If your pain continues to worsen or stays the same, it is likely you do not have the right pain medication or regime for your situation. Besides assessing your pain medication, your journal can help you see if certain treatments such as surgery or physical therapy are effectively reducing your pain. 

It Helps Your Doctor Adjust Your Prescriptions 

Detailed information about when and why you experience pain as well as the type of pain you experience will help your doctor pick the best chronic or injury pain management method for you. Your journal can help you notice trends, such as increased pain during physical activity or in the evening, which can allow your doctor to adjust when you take your medication or what type of medication you take throughout the day. It can also let them know if you would be better on an "as-needed" regime or a scheduled dosage. 

It Can Help You Identify Sources of Aggravation and Patterns of Pain 

A pain journal will help you see patterns in your pain over time. You may notice that when you eat certain foods, do certain activities, or are around certain people your pain flares. You may also notice that your pain is worse in inclement weather, during the winter, or in the evenings. This information will help you plan your life to be most effective when your pain is less severe and to avoid unnecessary pain. 

It Can Give You a Sense of Control Over Your Pain 

Many people who suffer from chronic pain can feel a lack of control in their lives. A pain journal can be a concrete tool to make you feel like you are taking active steps to manage your pain. For some, this can help reduce depression associated with chronic pain. 


19 September 2017