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Can tracking your pain level help with chronic pain?

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To effectively treat you, your doctor needs to know how you've been feeling between visits. Keep a log or journal of your daily "pain score" to help you track your pain. At the end of each day, score your pain from 1 to 10 and note what activities you did that day. Take this log book to every doctor visit to help them understand what you've been going through.

From: 11 Tips for Living With Chronic Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Overview of the treatment of chronic pain."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Approaches: What You Need to Know."

Salahadin Abdi, MD, chief of pain medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Pain Management: Living With Chronic Pain;" "Relaxation Techniques;" "Pain Management: Alternative Therapy;" "Diabetes: Smoking Cessation Tips;" "Pain Management: Psychological Therapy;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: Pain Relief from Acupuncture, Meditation, Hypnosis, and Relaxation Techniques;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: The Benefits of Exercise & Diet;" and "Coping With the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Overview of the treatment of chronic pain."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Approaches: What You Need to Know."

Salahadin Abdi, MD, chief of pain medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Pain Management: Living With Chronic Pain;" "Relaxation Techniques;" "Pain Management: Alternative Therapy;" "Diabetes: Smoking Cessation Tips;" "Pain Management: Psychological Therapy;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: Pain Relief from Acupuncture, Meditation, Hypnosis, and Relaxation Techniques;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: The Benefits of Exercise & Diet;" and "Coping With the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 14, 2018

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