Pain Diary For CRPS or Chronic Pain Template
The Burning Nights CRPS Support Pain Diary for CRPS or chronic pain template is available for you to download, print or use on your computer.
It has been produced as a PDF document, so please click the link below (Pain Diary template for chronic pain and CRPS) to take you straight to the pain diary template. Please feel free to download and print it out or even forward it to a friend.
You can always download the chronic pain diaryPain Diary and fill it in on your computer if you prefer. If you already have ADOBE Reader then it should be editable to you, however if you don’t have Adobe Reader then click on this -> LINK to download it free.
If you keep a Pain Diary for chronic pain or CRPS it serves a number of purposes. One of the most important purposes is to help you accept your chronic pain or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly) Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.
‘Acceptance’is a huge part of your coping strategies for having a chronic condition like CRPS. It can take weeks, months or even years to actually learn to accept you have chronic pain and it is a part of you. (Cho, S. et al. 2012)
When you are taking a lot of pain medication and you are in constant pain it can become hard for your to think clearly or see any pattern that is emerging etc.
By using the Burning Nights CRPS Support Chronic Pain Diary template you can keep a good track of your pain by documenting certain areas of your chronic persistent pain such as:
Where in your body was the pain, where did the pain start or where was the worst pain
Intensity of the pain
Description of the pain – was it sharp, pricking, burning, tingling
What were you doing at the time
How do you actually feel – are you upset, tired, depressed, stressed
How long did the pain last before medication kicked into your system or before the pain started to ease
Medication you took
Other strategies you used to help calm the pain down – breathing, mindfulness, mirror therapy, distraction techniques
You will also find in the Burning Nights CRPS Support pain journal template of the chronic pain pain scale, 3 small images of the body for you to draw a circle or line to point out where the pain problem is, as well as additional notes to help you to fill in the chronic pain diary and finally there’s an open table for you to add any extra notes you may have.
Our chronic pain diary template could also give you an idea of your own pain diary if you wanted to make your own chronic pain journal.
Using a chronic pain diary or CRPS pain diary can be a very useful tool not only for you but also for your doctor to look at, so he/she can see any recurring pattern that may exist.
When going to see the doctor or pain specialist, take your filled in and used chronic pain diary with you and show them. The doctor then will be able to make an informed decision about medication changes, extra advice or support that you may need either physically, emotionally or psychologically and even evaluate any new problems that may be emerging.
There are numerous Pain Apps on the market at the moment and each have different things to offer. Some are free downloads and others you have to pay for. Have a look around first before committing to download one particular app. However in the meantime have a look at our printable chronic pain diary template (link above).
We do hope you use the Burning Nights CRPS Support printable chronic pain diary template and if you have any questions or any more suggestions then please do get in touch with us using any of the channels available – email, Social Media or contact us via the contact page.
Have you read our other CRPS blog articles?
Why not take a look at some of our other articles on living with complex regional pain syndrome?
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- 11 Tips For Coping with CRPS or Chronic Pain
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- 18 Tips Preparing You For Your Pain Appointment
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Last Updated: 16/01/2020