Track Pain

Track Pain

Tracking pain helps you know what makes it better or worse. In your Journal, rate your pain. Check off what seems to trigger it and any treatment you are using. Add details in Notes to help you see patterns in your Pain Control Report.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: aching, burning, muscle pain, pain, pain when standing, pain with movement, lower back pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, abdominal pain, headache, pain, tenderness, throbbing pain, headache, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, tenderness, muscle spasms, arm cramping, leg cramping, electric pain, pain all over, arm pain, buttock pain, foot pain, hip pain, leg pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, shooting pain, extreme sensitivity, joint pain, symmetrical pain, cramps, jaw pain, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., pain worse in P.M., all over pain, back of head pain, buttocks pain, chest pain, elbow pain, knee pain, rib pain, scalp pain, shin pain, painful periods, stabbing pain, tender points, TMJ, back of head headache, forehead headache, left side headache, right side headache, whole head headache, pain around eyes, both sides of head pain, forehead pain, left side of head pain, right side of head pain, pounding pain, pulsing pain, base of face pain, foot pain, hand pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, deep pain, abdomen pain, ankle pain, face pain, head pain, spine pain, finger pain, wrist pain, pinched nerve

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Categories: Treatment

Duration

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Track Pain Triggers

Many things can trigger pain, from weather to activity. Each time you track pain, notice what you're doing, where you are, and your environment.

As you rate pain, check your triggers. You may uncover pain-triggering patterns that you can change.

Remember, you can track pain and log triggers as many times a day as you want. Each time will appear on your Pain Control Report.

Prompt: What triggers pain?

CTA: Notice what causes your pain.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, headache, pain, tenderness, throbbing pain, headache, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, tenderness, muscle spasms, arm cramping, leg cramping, electric pain, pain all over, arm pain, buttock pain, foot pain, hip pain, leg pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, shooting pain, extreme sensitivity, joint pain, symmetrical pain, cramps, jaw pain, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., pain worse in P.M., all over pain, back of head pain, buttocks pain, chest pain, elbow pain, knee pain, rib pain, scalp pain, shin pain, painful periods, stabbing pain, tender points, TMJ, back of head headache, forehead headache, left side headache, right side headache, whole head headache, pain around eyes, both sides of head pain, forehead pain, left side of head pain, right side of head pain, pounding pain, pulsing pain, base of face pain, foot pain, hand pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, deep pain, abdomen pain, ankle pain, face pain, head pain, spine pain, finger pain, wrist pain, pinched nerve, dull pain, burning pain

Triggers: carrying or lifting, craning neck, excess activity, exercising, gardening, heavy lifting, holding a child, housework, lying down, moving around, moving joint, pushing or pulling, putting weight on joint, repetitive motions, sex, sports injury, twisting, desk work, driving a long time, inactivity, not exercising, not sleeping enough, overdoing it, overuse, poor posture, sitting too long, skipped meal, sleeping too much, smoking, standing too long, tobacco, using machinery, wearing high heels, altitude changes, bright light, chemical exposure, clothing against skin, fumes, noise, strong smells, touch, vibration, aged cheese, alcohol, being hungry, foods, specific foods, infection/sickness, injury, menstruation, restless legs, workplace injury, birth control pills, drug side effect, medication change, medication side effect, skipped medication, anger, anxiety, fatigue, overtiredness, sadness, stress, strong emotions, tension, barometric pressure changes, cold weather, damp weather, heat, humidity, pressure changes, rain, snow, temperature changes, weather changes, wet weather, wind

Treatments: Mobic, meloxicam, Motrin, ibuprofen, Anaprox, naproxen, Ultram, tramadol, Zomig, zolmitriptan, Tylenol, acetaminophen, Cymbalta, duloxetine, Soma, carisoprodol, hydrocodone, dihydrocodeine, OxyContin, oxycodone, Imitrex, sumatriptan, ketoprofen, Actron, Orudis, Oruvail, sulindac, Clinoril, etodolac, Lodine, fenoprofen, Nalfon, Naprofen, diclofenac, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Voltarol, Zipsor, flurbiprofen, Ansaid prioxicam, Feldene, indomethacin, Indocid, Indocin, nabumetone, Relafen, oxaprozin, Daypro, meclofenamate, Meclomen, tolmetin, Tolectin, salsalate, Amigesic, Argesic, Disalcid, Marthritic, Mono-Gesic, Salflex, Salsitab

Categories: Treatment

Rate Your Pain

Everyone feels pain differently. A doctor can't assess your pain level with a test. But a pain scale can help you and your doctor see how intense your pain is.

Use the pain scale in your Journal to rate your pain. A 10 is the worst pain and 0 is no pain.

Rating pain throughout the day may help you see patterns. Turn your phone sideways when you click "Done" on your Journal to see tracked pain ratings.

Prompt: How bad is the pain?

CTA: Rate your pain from 0 to 10.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, abdominal pain, headache, pain, tenderness, throbbing pain, headache, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, tenderness, muscle spasms, arm cramping, leg cramping, electric pain, pain all over, arm pain, buttock pain, foot pain, hip pain, leg pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, shooting pain, extreme sensitivity, joint pain, symmetrical pain, cramps, jaw pain, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., pain worse in P.M., all over pain, back of head pain, buttocks pain, chest pain, elbow pain, knee pain, rib pain, scalp pain, shin pain, painful periods, stabbing pain, tender points, TMJ, back of head headache, forehead headache, left side headache, right side headache, whole head headache, pain around eyes, both sides of head pain, forehead pain, left side of head pain, right side of head pain, pounding pain, pulsing pain, base of face pain, foot pain, hand pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, deep pain, abdomen pain, ankle pain, face pain, head pain, spine pain, finger pain, wrist pain, pinched nerve

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Describe Your Pain

Pain has many qualities, among them:

* Shooting

* Burning

* Electric

* Throbbing

* Sharp

* Dull

* Aching

When you rate pain in your Journal, add a Note about its quality. This creates a fuller picture of your pain when you talk about it with your doctor.

Prompt: What is pain like?

CTA: Describe how your pain feels.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, abdominal pain, headache, pain, tenderness, throbbing pain, headache, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, tenderness, muscle spasms, arm cramping, leg cramping, electric pain, pain all over, arm pain, buttock pain, foot pain, hip pain, leg pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, shooting pain, extreme sensitivity, joint pain, symmetrical pain, cramps, jaw pain, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., pain worse in P.M., all over pain, back of head pain, buttocks pain, chest pain, elbow pain, knee pain, rib pain, scalp pain, shin pain, painful periods, stabbing pain, tender points, TMJ, back of head headache, forehead headache, left side headache, right side headache, whole head headache, pain around eyes, both sides of head pain, forehead pain, left side of head pain, right side of head pain, pounding pain, pulsing pain, base of face pain, foot pain, hand pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, deep pain, abdomen pain, ankle pain, face pain, head pain, spine pain, finger pain, wrist pain, pinched nerve

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Categories: Treatment

How Pain Affects You

Think about specific ways pain affects your behaviors.

* Does pain wake you?

* Has pain changed your habits?

* Do you avoid certain activities?

* Does pain make it hard to work?

When you rate pain in your Journal, you can add Notes on how pain affects your quality of life. You'll see your notes when you're done with your Journal and in the sideways graph. Share the report with your pain experts.

Prompt: Is pain to blame?

CTA: Note how pain affects your life.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, abdominal pain, headache, pain, tenderness, throbbing pain, headache, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, tenderness, muscle spasms, arm cramping, leg cramping, electric pain, pain all over, arm pain, buttock pain, foot pain, hip pain, leg pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, shooting pain, extreme sensitivity, joint pain, symmetrical pain, cramps, jaw pain, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., pain worse in P.M., all over pain, back of head pain, buttocks pain, chest pain, elbow pain, knee pain, rib pain, scalp pain, shin pain, painful periods, stabbing pain, tender points, TMJ, back of head headache, forehead headache, left side headache, right side headache, whole head headache, pain around eyes, both sides of head pain, forehead pain, left side of head pain, right side of head pain, pounding pain, pulsing pain, base of face pain, foot pain, hand pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, deep pain, abdomen pain, ankle pain, face pain, head pain, spine pain, finger pain, wrist pain, pinched nerve

Triggers: housework, sex, desk work, driving a long time, using machinery, standing too long, temperature changes, weather changes, pressure changes

Treatments:

Categories: Treatment

Track My Pain Drugs

See how well painkillers are easing your pain. In your Journal, check off any medication you took -- even OTC drugs. Track them -- and their dosages -- against your pain ratings to check effectiveness. Here are some things to look for on your Pain Control Report:

* Does your pain get worse before it's time to take the next painkiller?

* Is it taking too long for a painkiller to work?

Prompt: Do pain drugs work?

CTA: See if yours are helping you.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, abdominal pain, headache, pain, tenderness, throbbing pain, headache, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, tenderness, muscle spasms, arm cramping, leg cramping, electric pain, pain all over, arm pain, buttock pain, foot pain, hip pain, leg pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, shooting pain, extreme sensitivity, joint pain, symmetrical pain, cramps, jaw pain, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., pain worse in P.M., all over pain, back of head pain, buttocks pain, chest pain, elbow pain, knee pain, rib pain, scalp pain, shin pain, painful periods, stabbing pain, tender points, TMJ, back of head headache, forehead headache, left side headache, right side headache, whole head headache, pain around eyes, both sides of head pain, forehead pain, left side of head pain, right side of head pain, pounding pain, pulsing pain, base of face pain, foot pain, hand pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, deep pain, abdomen pain, ankle pain, face pain, head pain, spine pain, finger pain, wrist pain, pinched nerve

Triggers:

Treatments: Mobic, meloxicam, Motrin, ibuprofen, Anaprox, naproxen, Ultram, tramadol, Zomig, zolmitriptan, Tylenol, acetaminophen, Cymbalta, duloxetine, Soma, carisoprodol, Hydrocodone, dihydrocodeinone, OxyContin, oxycodone, Imitrex, sumatriptan

Categories: Treatment

Pain Check-in

Track your pain in your Journal, noting what seems to make it better or worse. Then share the details with your doctor. Here's how:

After you click "Done" for a Journal tracking session, turn your phone sideways.

* You'll see a graph of your tracked Well-Being Levels.

* You can click to also see tracked pain.

* You can set the date range from 1 week to several months.

* Roll over points on the graph to see your Notes.

* Email your pain report to your doctor or to yourself to print.

At your next appointment, discuss it and explore new ways to manage your pain.

Prompt: Pain talk with doc?

CTA: Share your Pain Control Report.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, abdominal pain, headache, pain, tenderness, throbbing pain, headache, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, tenderness, muscle spasms, arm cramping, leg cramping, electric pain, pain all over, arm pain, buttock pain, foot pain, hip pain, leg pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, shooting pain, extreme sensitivity, joint pain, symmetrical pain, cramps, jaw pain, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., pain worse in P.M., all over pain, back of head pain, buttocks pain, chest pain, elbow pain, knee pain, rib pain, scalp pain, shin pain, painful periods, stabbing pain, tender points, TMJ, back of head headache, forehead headache, left side headache, right side headache, whole head headache, pain around eyes, both sides of head pain, forehead pain, left side of head pain, right side of head pain, pounding pain, pulsing pain, base of face pain, foot pain, hand pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, deep pain, abdomen pain, ankle pain, face pain, head pain, spine pain, finger pain, wrist pain, pinched nerve

Triggers:

Treatments: Mobic, meloxicam, Motrin, ibuprofen, Anaprox, naproxen, Ultram, tramadol, Zomig, zolmitriptan, Tylenol, acetaminophen, Cymbalta, duloxetine, Soma, carisoprodol, Hydrocodone, dihydrocodeinone, OxyContin, oxycodone, Imitrex, sumatriptan

Categories: Treatment

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on May 25, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic. 

Medscape Medical News.

National Pain Foundation.

Newswise.

NIH Pain Consortium: "Pain Intensity Scales."

The McGill Pain Questionnaire.

American Chronic Pain Association: "Quality of Life Scale."

National Cancer Institute.

American Chronic Pain Association: "Communication Tools."

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