Journal of Pain

30 August of 2010

The Journal of Pain that you are providing is important to talk to your doctor about your pain and yourself element, because it helps us understand how its pain, the level of effectiveness of drugs prescribed for you, whether or not some side effects, well if duerme, if you have a depressed mood.

You should print some copies of the Journal of Pain and the fill following the example enclosed. No need to complete one of these formats every day for every day; may be sufficient to complete the form on experiencing major changes in how you feel your chronic pain, if it increases or decreases the intensity, if you have breakthrough pain, any side effects, everything that affects their quality of life.

At the time of recording pain intensity using the attached rule, of 1 a 3 mild pain, 4 to the 6 moderate pain and from the 7 hereinafter pain.

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How to measure pain?

30 August of 2010

The pain has a physical component, but also has a subjective component that is influenced by the way in which each person feels their pain, with personal experiences, with the threshold level of pain, etc..

Therefore, currently there is no absolutely objective procedure for measuring pain intensity as measured blood pressure, fever or heart rate. However, there are some simple rules for the physician and patient to assess pain intensity and thus able to follow the efficacy of an analgesic.
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How do you talk to your doctor about your pain?

30 August of 2010
Your visit to your doctor is very important and, therefore, must prepare carefully; if you are well prepared and informed can help your doctor to do a proper diagnosis and effective treatment.

We have adapted a text by the American Pain Foundation with some tips that can help to talk to your doctor about your pain.

Prepare your next visit with care. It is important to write his Journal of Pain, with all that has experienced since last visit.
Bring written questions and concerns. It is also appropriate to note the doctor's answers; if accompanying a family member or friend ask you to take note of the responses, Sometimes the stress of the visit itself makes you forget some important issues.

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