I received a lot of positive feedback from an article I wrote title You Think You have Fibromyalgia, What Should You Do? Readers also asked questions all pointing to one clear question: Now that I have fibromyalgia, what should I do? I am going to answer that question in a ten part series called You Have Fibro, Now What? This part of the series is about keeping a pain journal.
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Shortly after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I started seeing a therapist. She taught me how to focus my energy away from the pain and negative to the positivity of getting well. One of the methods she used was keeping a pain journal.
A pain journal is a journal that you write in at the end of each day. You can write about anything you want. Your daily pains, emotions, experiences, interactions, fears, anxiety, etc. There are no boundaries to what you write.
Keeping a pain journal allows you to release your stress, burdens, and negativity onto paper. This release will allow you to transfer that stress from your body onto paper decreasing overall body pains.
It will also keep track of the pain and symptoms you are having. You can use it to discuss your symptoms with your physician. A pain journal will help you and your physician decide which treatment option is best for you.
A pain journal will reflect your flares and what triggers those flares. Triggers could be your menstrual cycle, outside stressors, or level of activity. Remembering what you did from day to day doesn’t track your symptoms as well as a pain journal.
Your pain journal can be an actual paper journal or an electronic journal. Either way, it’s a way for you to express yourself.
I’ve been keeping a pain journal for a few years and decided to share it with my readers.
Disclaimer: Please understand that everyone is different in their journey with fibromyalgia and/or chronic illness. This is my journey, my stories, my vulnerability to share with you in order to help in some way. It is in no way to compare my journey with yours or to minimize your pains, feelings, or experiences.
Visit You Have Fibro, Now What to view all the parts of the series!
Do you keep a pain journal? Share the benefits of a pain journal in the comments.