HOW TO KEEP A PAIN DIARY (free download)…

Sometimes the best way for a member of your medical team to see the full picture of your pain is to have it all written down.Chronic pain conditions are often hard to diagnose. Your symptoms may come and go, and you might be struggling to explain what you’re feeling. It can all be very frustrating. This is where the diary comes into the frame and why I put this simple pain diary sheet together, I found it so much easier to fill in on a daily basis. Showing your doctor a comprehensive diary of your pain levels and any lifestyle changes that might be affecting your pain can help your doctor spot triggers for a flare-up or understand what’s working (and what needs tweaking). Feel free to copy and paste mine below (two day page diary).

DATE ………………………………….

WHAT JOBS HAVE YOU DONE TODAY I.E. EMPTYING DISHWASHER, CLEANING ETC

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

PAIN – ON A SCALE OF 1-10 (PLEASE CIRCLE) TEN BEING THE WORST PAIN

1              2              3              4              5              6              7              8              9              10

IF YOUR PAIN IS BAD DO YOU KNOW WHAT TRIGGERED IT AND HOW LONG DID IT LAST

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

WHERE IS THE PAIN

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

HAVE YOU SLEPT TODAY, HOW MANY HOURS (PLEASE CIRCLE)

1              2              3              4

                                                                                              

WHAT MEDICATION HAVE YOU TAKEN TODAY

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

DID THE MEDICATION HELP TO TAKE THE PAIN AWAY

(YES)/ (NO)

 

DATE ………………………………….

WHAT JOBS HAVE YOU DONE TODAY I.E. EMPTYING DISHWASHER, CLEANING ETC

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

PAIN – ON A SCALE OF 1-10 (PLEASE CIRCLE) TEN BEING THE WORST PAIN

1              2              3              4              5              6              7              8              9              10

IF YOUR PAIN IS BAD DO YOU KNOW WHAT TRIGGERED IT AND HOW LONG DID IT LAST

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

WHERE IS THE PAIN

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

HAVE YOU SLEPT TODAY, HOW MANY HOURS (PLEASE CIRCLE)

1              2              3              4

WHAT MEDICATION HAVE YOU TAKEN TODAY

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

DID THE MEDICATION HELP TO TAKE THE PAIN AWAY

(YES) / (NO)

 

If you prefer to write it down in a book then Amazon do have a nice Pain Diary for only £4.99

 

MORE INFO ON THE 2017 BACK PAIN SHOW 19th-20th MAY…

With free yoga and pilates taster sessions available at the show plus some amazing speakers –

Gavin Bradley, founder and managing director of Active Working®, which operates “Get Standing®” campaigns in Great Britain, Australia, USA and Canada.

Daniel Lawrence, a Chartered Physiotherapist with over 10 years’ experience treating back pain in private practice.

Simon Love, a qualified physiotherapist with over 25 years’ experience as a manual handling trainer and teacher in settings including acute, community, mental health, schools, private hospitals, operating theatres and industry.​

David Rogers, chartered physiotherapist at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham and author of “Back to Life” who has over 20 years’ experience of helping people with back pain to recover function and regain their quality of life.

​Read more about these speakers and others coming to the show or  to book a slot to attend their talks, at the Back Pain Show Site.

There’ll be plenty to see – and hear – at the Show on both days.

SIXTEEN FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT BACK PAIN…

  1. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.
  2. In the UK, 2.5 million people have back pain every day of the year, at a cost of £12.3 billion.
  3. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
  4. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are NOT caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. But rather poor posture and poor use of the body.
  5. Back pain is the number 2 reason for long term sickness in much of the UK.
  6. In manual labour jobs, back pain is the number one reason.
  7. Most people have lower back pain. This is because the lower back bears the weight of the upper body. It also twists and bends more than the upper back.
  8. Bending over backwards. The spine consists of 33 bony segments, the vertebrae. The discs lie between these. They are tough and spongy and work as shock absorbers, and give the spine flexibility – the spine can in fact bend far enough to form two-thirds of a circle.
  9. Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
  10. 80% of people over the age of 30 experience back problems of which 30% of those will have recurring problems.
  11. Back pain accounts for almost one fourth of all occupational injuries and illnesses.
  12. A survey of back patients revealed that 75% of those who were told they needed surgery recovered successfully without it.
  13. Back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in people younger than 45 years old.
  14. Low back pain is also very costly: approximately 5 percent of people with back pain disability account for 75 percent of the costs associated with low back pain.
  15. Most acute back pain goes away on its own, whether or not you treat it with medication or other therapies.
  16. With conservative measures, the symptoms of low back pain typically show significant improvement within a few weeks from onset.

THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN TO THE 2017 BACK PAIN SHOW on 19th-20th MAY…

There’ll be a range of exhibitors to see and talk to about the latest thinking in the treatment of back pain, including the following companies which I will cover over the next couple of weeks.

The Alexander Technique – 

BackCare – 

​Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance – 

The Bad Back Company – 

Back in Action  – 

The Back Pro – 

The Bowen Association UK – 

British Scoliosis Research Foundation – 

Elavina Joint Aid  – 

Feet and Spine  – 

Healthy Back Bag – 

The Human Office  – 

Hypervibe  – 

Joya Shoes  – 

Massage Training Institute – 

Medi Direct International – 

Medserve – 

N:rem Sleep System – 

Ortho Medical – 

Real Health – 

Relax Back UK – 

Rock Tape – 

Salonpas – 

Sandstone Yoga and Pilates – 

The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion – 

Scoliosis Association – 

Sit-Stand.Com – 

Shiatsu Society – 

Sole-Mates – 

Smarter Posture – 

Status Seating – 

MY FIVE MUST HAVE’S FOR PAIN RELIEF – WHAT ARE YOURS?…

  1. My electric heat pad, which is a Beurer  which is available on Amazon and other website, heat is something I use for pain relief on a daily basis. 
  2. My horseshoe neck cushion from Pain Relief Cushions which I am ‘always’ popping into the microwave.
  3. My N:rem Sleep System which has an offer this month for my readers. If you wish to purchase a mattress you can have the first months installment for FREE – just quote BACKPAINBLOG for the offer. 
  4. My Kindle Fire – I have the right music, the right books and the right audiobooks to help me relax and use it every single day. I think probably the best place to buy one without doubt Amazon. 
  5. My coccyx cushions – I have them in my car and my husband’s car and use them whenever or however I travel. There are lots of site’s that sell these and I am going to review a new sciatica relief cushion soon which is being launched at the Back Pain Show.