People sometimes try to ignore their pain, hoping it will go away. Problems don’t usually go away – they usually get worse. In pain management, doctors recommend that you do the opposite of ignoring your pain. Instead they want you to track your pain, for very specific reasons.
If you have a good understanding of how your pain makes its presence known in your life – you’ll be bettered prepared. You can slip those pain pills in your bag, exit your exercise class early, and get more sleep when you know how your pain behaves.
Much of life is out of our control and that often leads to feeling ineffective or depressed. Areas that you can gain control in, provide opportunities to feel confident.
Information about how your pain is behaving is like a report card on your whole life. If your pain is kicking up, maybe you’re eating inflammatory foods, which have negative effects on other measures of health. Even small things can influence your pain and your overall health, and tracking your pain will help reveal them.
Separate the Mental Aspects
Pain sometimes has an emotional component. For instance, a troubled marriage could cause stress, which leads to a tight lower back or gastrointestinal distress. Tracking your pain separates the emotional triggers from the physical ones.
If you have chronic or severe pain, your doctor and you have devised a treatment plan. Tracking your pain helps to analyze whether the treatments are working and if they need modification.