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HOW TO WRITE A PAIN DIARY + FREE PAIN DIARY TO DOWNLOAD…

I am now seeing an Osteopath to help with my pain and he asked me to keep a pain diary for the next three weeks. I have written them in the past but I decided to do a bit more research on it first as I am sure I can add more to it. You know how you feel, but it can help your physicians if you can capture that information.

A pain diary is a written record of how your pain affects your daily life. It helps you to describe in detail how your pain has affected you over time. It also records what medications you took and which helped or did not help with the pain.

It can also help healthcare professionals to understand what makes your pain worse or what helps it. It is an essential tool to get the best help from the team looking after you. I have now put together a Pain Diary which you can download should you wish to use mine. It includes the following….

  • Date
  • Pain Score 0 -10, 10 being your worst pain
  • Describe where your pain is and does it feeling burning, tingling, pulsating, or throbbing.
  • How long did the pain last?
  • What were you doing when the pain started?
  • Describe your mood. Are you depressed, anxious, exhausted or fatigued?
  • What medications did you take?
  • What helped ease the pain?
  • What was the pain score 1 hour after taking medications?
  • Comments

I think this just about sums it all up. If you think that I could add something else to this list then please pop in into the comments section. It is important it is not too long but at the same time self explanatory on what you are feeling. You could add food in your comments section as some foods can aggravate certain conditions as does the weather.

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BPB ALERT : FIBROMYALGIA PATIENTS REPORT LESS PAIN, IMPROVED SLEEP FOLLOWING MEDICAL CANNABIS TREATMENT…

Written on NORMLPatients diagnosed with fibromyalgia and other inflammatory rheumatic diseases report experiencing reduced levels of pain and improved sleep quality following their use of medical cannabis products, according to data published in the journal Pain Research and Management.

Israeli investigators surveyed 319 patients about their use of prescription medical cannabis products. Among those with fibromyalgia (82 percent of the cohort), the mean pain level reduction was 77 percent and mean sleep quality improvement was 78 percent. Patients enrolled in the study who suffered from other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetic neuropathy, also reported significant levels of improvement. 

MC [medical cannabis] has a favorable effect on pain level and sleep quality among nearly the entire spectrum of resistant ‘chronic pain syndromes’ seen or referred to rheumatology clinics, including inflammatory diseases resistant to biological treatment,” authors concluded. “Cannabis should be seriously considered in every ‘chronic pain condition’ whenever the accepted modalities of treatment are insufficient for alleviating patient’s pain and sleep problems.”

Separate survey data has previously reported that fibromyalgia patients frequently consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes. A recently published review of the relevant literature concluded, “The use of cannabinoids and cannabis carries limited side effects in the treatment of FM [fibromyalgia], and they can also improve some common and debilitating symptoms associated with FM, thus making them an adequate potential treatment option, when other treatment lines have been exhausted.”

Full text of the study, “The effect of medical cannabis on pain level and quality of sleep among rheumatology clinic outpatients,” appears in Pain Research and Management. Additional information on the use of cannabis in patients with fibromyalgia is available from NORML.

Although this study was done is Israel it does give Fibro sufferers some hope that there is proper research being done on how medical cannabis may be able to help people with the constant pain of Fibro. Keep checking out Back Pain Blog UK’s posts for more updates.

Source NORML