Ask a person suffering from chronic pain how they feel and the common answer will be ‘I hurt’. Describing ‘I hurt’ varies dramatically from person to person. One person may feel constant pain in a particular location, whereas, another person may have a range of pain in a range of locations.
That’s the reason why doctors have pain assessment forms that ask several questions about your pain levels. More specifically, the form asks you to rate, your worst pain, your least amount of pain, and your average pain since your last appointment. Pain Management Tracker (PMT) works in a similar fashion.
PMT asks for four different scores. They are: your worst pain, your least pain, your average pain, and your current pain. PMT is a more precise way to measure your pain because it allows you to enter your pain levels when you want to, instead of estimating your pain over the course of a week or even months.
When entering your pain levels, your worst pain is just that… the absolute worst pain you have had since the last entry. This is usually your peak breakthrough pain. Using that as a base, you can see how the least amount of pain and average pain fit 0-10 pain scale. For example, in the last four hours your worst pain may have been an eight and your least pain may have been a three, with an average pain of five, it’s within reasons that right now your pain might be a six.
By tracking these four different values, they give you the best opportunity to track how your pain affects your mood at any point throughout your day. PMT also allows you to add your medications and treatments. When you put all of this together, you can see how PMT allows you to see the big picture of what really works and what doesn’t. Though everyone with chronic pain will say ‘I hurt’ with PMT, you will be able to add ‘but I am managing my pain by……’.
How do you track your chronic pain? Write a comment because we would love to know.