I have an appointment to see my GP on Feb. 7. It seems she is finally ready to start talking about treatment options. Her receptionist called me last week because they got the report that I went to a walk-in clinic for prescriptions cause mine ran out. I felt like a bad kid that got caught but I just explained that it was the holidays, my meds ran out and I knew I couldn't get in to see her for at least 2 weeks. I can't go that long without meds, I can't go a day.
Anyway, I thought I would keep a pain log so I can show her what my days are like. I have created a spreadsheet with space for the date and time, the pain level and a comment section to enter what I am doing or when I take medication. Has anyone else kept a pain log? How did you do it? So far I am just randomly making entries as I think of it during the day. About 6 entries a day is my average. Is there anything else I should include? I'm hoping by seeing a record of my pain over about a 2 week period she will finally take me seriously.
So far I have noticed that my pain is around a 6 most of the time. It will decrease to a 4 after my medication but only for about 4 hours - my medication is only every 12 hrs unless I take the T3s which I hate. If I do anything like get up to prepare supper, do dishes or go to the store it will increase to a 7-8 at least. Level 4-6 is while I'm lying down during the day doing nothing but working on my laptop. I hope this works - I'd appreciate any input.