Hi Jenna and Mike!
Like Skeye said, the pain diaries are wonderful and can help cut through a lot of time when trying to get your doctor to understand what your life is like living with pain every moment of every day. There is a link in the Fibro 101 sticky at the top of page one, but here's the link for you anyway. www.painfoundation.org/learn/publications/files/TargetDailyLog.pdf
You're right Jenna about
some of the foundations out there..they have created pain diary pages. This link is to one put out by the American Pain Foundation. Just copy one page for each day and have at it. It does have some extra items that some people don't use, including me, but fill out what you find important in your case. Then each time you have any kind of a doc visit take it along. A 3 ring binder or even a small report type folder work great for keeping them organized. I stapled a weeks' worth together and it helped them from being everywhere on my desk.
I feel that one of the best features of a pain diary is it shortens the time it takes for your doc to get you on a regime of pain control since he/she not only knows what your pain is like but it will show how you are reacting to any medications or other types of treatment clearly and quickly. It only took me maybe 5 minutes each day to do it...right before bed is a good time for many.
I do hope this helps and one of these days I'll get around to building a forum just for those of us here....that is if I can remember...lol
Chutzie <---Fibro Fog Brain
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