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Old 06-30-2006, 09:15 PM   #1
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Question Pain journal??

Hello again all!! I wanted to bring something up here. I have severe back problems, have been in pain from an injury since last March. I have recently started seeing a pain specialist for the first time, and on Tuesday went in for pain relief injections in my SI joints. The pain has been far worse since the injections, and I am ultimately frustrated with the whole situation.

The doc gave me a sheet of paper to keep track of my pain on a scale (the typical 1-10), but there was so much more to what is going on with my pain than just 1-10. Things like the pain is worse right when I wake up, but then I take my pain meds and is goes down, then I clean or something and this hurts, and I do something else and something else hurts..

My point is I decided to take a notebook and write down all the extra stuff for my doctor. He didn't ask me to do this, but he is a really good doctor and I thought it may be helpful for him, and for myself, to figure out how to fix this pain if he has more details. In general, does anyone think this is a good idea? I'm so used to doctors blowing me off that I don't know if this is a good idea or if it will just annoy the doctor and take up too much of his time.

Anyone have any opinions? Has anyone done anything like this or maybe have a better idea for me?

Thanks all!! I appreciate any advice!!

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Old 07-01-2006, 05:35 AM   #2
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Re: Pain journal??

YESSSS! This is a wonderful idea, and not only will it help the doctor to help you, but it is so beneficial for you as well. During my really deep knee issues, having one surgery after another, I started a journal and it helped me to look back and see what triggered the most pain and also let me be able to read about the "good days". Seeing the "good days" helped me to realize that not every day had been a bad day if you get what I'm saying. Good days to me, are when my pain is only at a 4 as opposed to a 7 or 8.

You are right, the pain scale is a good thing, but there really is so much more to your pain. Some days your pain could be a 6 and it could be burning, throbbing pain, and the next day it may still be a 6 but the pain may be more of a stabbing constant pain. Any information you can give your pm doctor should help him to understand what you are experiencing.

I felt that writing about my pain was theraputic as well because it allowed me to vent without getting the usual, "you just have to be patient", or "you have to tough it out", from friends/family who were trying to help, but just didn't understand what I was going through. I could write anyhting I wanted in my journal without holding back.

I hope you find that writing your daily journal will help you and your doctor. It is a great idea. Please keep us informed. I'd love to know how it helps you.

All The Best-

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