Good for you, having the pain journal. It's a good tool for you and for your doctor.
I have a couple of suggestions but also a few questions for you......
1. Are you supposed to be taking that much baclofen at one time? I ask because it seems to be a lot of it, especially at one time. It is not meant to be taken the way you are taking it according to your journal. It is a muscle relaxant and too much of it at one time can make it difficult to control the muscles of your body when you stand or move around, as well as cause you to have difficulty breathing. To get the best result from baclofen, you are supposed to take regular doses at the times the doctor gave you on the bottle. Usually the daily dose is divided by the number of times you are supposed to take it per day......something like 5 mg, three times a day or 10 mg three times a day.
As far as suggestions go, I would try to cut out some of the narrative part of your journal. Sometimes, trying to read too much information will cause you to loose the person reading it. Remember that the doctor doesn't have the time during the visit to read all of that detail. Keep it simple, and clear in a format that the doctor can read what your pain levels are, what you did to relieve the pain and what the results were. Just describe the symptoms you are having and what you are doing to relieve the pain, whether it helped or not.
Like this- Symptoms
- increased pain levels in upper back, between shoulders, low back pain increased, pain shooting down left leg- burning sensation in left foot. Pain is 6 in upper back, 7 in low back, 8 in legs. Treatment/meds
- 10 mg baclofen , 2-5 mg hydrocodone at 10 am Results
-Pain levels down from 7-to 6, but increased numbness in buttocks noted
And the other recommendation that I would make would be to keep your pain level description consistent. Use one formula for describing your pain levels-
There are a lot of pain scales on the internet, I would suggest that you find one and include it in your journal so that the doctor can have some frame of reference when he is reading your description of the pain levels.