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Unread 01-14-2004, 07:51 PM
Pain management...

How do you all write down your pain descriptions for your doctor?

I have one link from (((((Sheri))))) with a way to describe the pain, but I was wanting to look at a few more sites or ides to get an idea of how I can best get my experience down on paper.

Thanks ladies.

Hugs and Healing,

Rita
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Unread 01-14-2004, 08:48 PM
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Dear Rita,

You could check out the International Pelvic Pain Society questionnaire....

www.pelvicpain.org

You could print out the questionnaire and look through the sections where you decribe your pain. I have completed it twice and it made me think of things I wouldn't have normally.

((hugs))

Sarah
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Unread 01-14-2004, 09:07 PM
sorry...

I wish I could blame it on brain fog, but unfortunately I know it's just me. lol

Where's the questionare? I can't find it on the site.

Rita
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Unread 01-14-2004, 09:41 PM
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Dear Rita,

I'm sorry, it's called the "History and Physical Form".

Sarah
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Unread 01-15-2004, 10:46 AM
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Rita:

I gave my doc a multi colored visual. I printed out a blank calendar from Microsoft Word for several months. I then proceeded to highlight left pain, right pain and generalized pain in different colors. Pain patterns showed up clearly.

I thought he might think I was a little off my rocker, but then again he already knows that so it was worth a shot.

Really, my appreciated the information presented in this way. He asked me to please keep logging my symptoms on a calendar.

Just one idea!
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Unread 01-15-2004, 11:10 AM
Pain management...

Rita,

I forgot, I did do the same thing as Michelle mentioned... I had 4 different color small round stickers (blue, green, yellow, red). THen I had a key indicating:
blue - pain 0-2 (none or very mild)
green - pain 3-4 (mild, manageable)
yellow- pain 5-6 (moderate and annoying)
red - pain 7-8 (bad pain, very distressing)

I don't usually have pain above an 8 so I didn't have anything for that... but then I never used the Blue stickers either hee-hee.

I had a blank calender and for each day I would apply a color sticker showing my pain level. I taped it to my bathroom mirror. It was good for me too because it showed that while I have pain all the time it was getting worse in a cyclical pattern... that is when they started me on the pill. I also would make notes when I used the red in case I thought there was something that might have made it worse like going for a walk etc.

I did this for 4 months. I tried not to analyze too much because one of my ways of coping is to ignore as best as possible.

(((hugs)))

Sarah
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