A pain journal can be useful on multiple levels. Whether it be for chronicling pain or writing therapy, keeping a pain journal can be a useful way of dealing with fibromyalgia symptoms.
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Keeping a Pain Journal with Fibromyalgia
Shortly after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I started seeing a therapist. She taught me how to focus my energy away from the pain and negativity in order to better cope. 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. It allows you to release your stress, burdens, and negativity onto paper and allow you to transfer that stress from your body onto paper. Reduction in stress reduces overall chronic pain.
It will also keep track of the pain and symptoms you are having and potential triggers of flares. (Triggers could be your menstrual cycle, outside stressors, or level of activity.) You can use it to discuss your symptoms with your physician and decide which treatment option is best for you.
What can be used as a journal?
It can be an actual paper journal or an electronic journal. Either way, it’s a way for you to express yourself. You can also get a guided journal with prompts to get you started (such as the first one listed).
The Fibro Journal
I’ve been keeping a pain journal for a few years and decided to share it with my readers. You can read it here.