Using the Body Map
Painscale now has a body map that allows for more detail and specificity. The different parts of the human body are now outlined in greater detail as users may select from more specific parts and denote the level of pain. By being more particular in recording your pain, a more comprehensive view of your pain profile is provided as it is possible to isolate the pain to exact parts of the body. Your physician may be able pin point the root of the pain with greater accuracy, allowing for a more effective and expedient treatment. In case you still prefer the older body map, that layout is still supported and working.
Added features on the PainScale Body Map allow the user to assign different pain types, pain triggers, and pain symptoms to different body parts in addition to pain intensity. Whereas before, only one set of types, triggers and symptoms could be used for the entire body map, now you can be more specific in assigning these features simultaneously to different body parts. This new capability allows for a more in-depth and comprehensive overall view while adding greater specificity by localizing pain type, triggers and symptoms to one or all body parts.
To use the new features of the latest release of the Painscale App, navigate through to the log page by selecting [log].
On the “New Log page,” there is a new feature in the [None] button that allows the user to indicate the absence of pain as far as their overall health is concerned. This is useful as there may be times when the patient is not experiencing pain due to an improvement in their condition. This is just another way to indicate the level of pain or the absence of pain being experienced.
If a pain level between 1 through 10 under overall health is selected, the user will be able to select [Edit] under Pain Summary.
The next window will present the prompt, “Where is your pain.” You then have the option to select specific body parts which can be marked with different pain intensities which are numbered 1 through 10. The Pain Intensity numbers will only appear after you have selected a body part.
Below the set of pain intensity numbers are more options, including “Pain Types, “Pain triggers,” and “Pain Symptoms.” These options may be viewed by swiping upward to bring the options into view. To utilize these features, select the [add] button in the corresponding feature.
If the [add] button under “Pain Types” is selected, you will come to a page with the header “Describe your pain.” You will then have the option to select from different pain descriptions including aching, burning, cramping, and many others. Once you have chosen your entries, you may select “save.”
If the  button under “Pain Triggers” is selected, you will arrive at a page with the header “What triggers your chronic pain?” On this page, you have options for possible triggers including weather, stress, lack of sleep, or fatigue. There is also an option to [Add other trigger]. Once the entries have been made, you may select [save].
If the  button under “Pain Symptoms” is selected, you will come to a page with the header “What is your primary symptom?” You will then be presented with different options including weakness, soreness, migraine, or fatigue. There is also an option to [Add other symptom].” Once entries have been made, you may select [save].
In assigning different body parts with a corresponding pain intensity, Pain type, Pain trigger, and Pain symptom, you may select a single body part and indicate the corresponding pain type, trigger or symptom. If you are suffering from pain, pain types, triggers, and symptoms in more than one body part, you may select multiple body parts and then select the corresponding pain data. This will allow you to mark many body parts with the same pain intensity, pain type, trigger, or symptom. If you want to confirm that the log has been made successfully, you can simply click on the body part on the body map, and the corresponding data will populate under Pain type, Pain triggers, and Pain Symptoms.
If you have multiple body parts already selected with an assigned pain intensity, pain type, pain trigger and pain symptom, you may change the assigned features in just one of the body parts by selecting the single body part and altering the appropriate features. You may select a body part independently and alter the feature options so that the other body parts are not affected. If you choose a body part that was already selected, the body part will become striped.
Once you have completed your body map, you may select [Done].
This will return you to the “Where is your pain?” page where you can select [save].