By keeping a pain diary or journal you
can ease communication between you and your doctor. The more information you bring into the picture, the better your professional medical team members will be to make feasible suggestions. List which doctors you have seen and why; we often do not remember certain things once
we are actually in the doctor's office.
1) How your pain started.
2) What activities make the pain better
and which make it worse.
3) How does the the pain affect
your life, your work, your play?
4) Which medications work or don't work.
5) Is the pain constant or does the
pain come and go.
6) How frequent is the pain and how long
Pain is pain is pain but it can actually be
broken into two categories.
Chronic and Acute.
Acute pain has
an obvious a cause and lasts only for a short while.(the stubbed toe.)
While chronic pain may or may not
have an obvious cause and lasts for months.
You can use a pain diary/journal to help you
identify your lupus 'flare' triggers.
You can keep track of the foods which disagree
with you these days.
What events happened before your last headache?
Is a medication change working? What side
effects are you suffering from?
Do you drink enough water with your medication and
avoid the foods which make your stomach burn?
need to make a list of your current medications including any OTC (over the counter), vitamins and supplements. List the mg,
how often you uses it in 24 hrs and the doctor who prescribed it. Be sure
you list all the OTC things. I use a computer database
program so I can easily make changes and enough copies for my doctors and one for my purse.