For those suffering from chronic pain and illness, it can be challenging enough to get through a day, much less record the intimate details of their pain experiences.
Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
Many doctors who treat chronic pain and chronic illness ask their patients to track the frequency and properties of their pain and symptoms. The goals for this practice are as varied as the doctors and patients themselves. Whether it be to track the efficacy of a new treatment, identify common triggers, confirm suspicions, or determine a diagnosis, tracking your pain in a pain diary can play a crucial role in better pain management.
Keeping a pain diary is traditionally seen as a chore. For those suffering from chronic pain and illness, it can be challenging enough to get through a day, much less record the intimate details of their pain experiences. This often leads to the patient waiting until the last minute and completing the diary based on memory -- a practice referred to by some as the “parking lot pain diary.”
Obviously, this can lead to a number of undesirable outcomes.
Thankfully, savvy software developer and chronic pain sufferer Damon Lynn recently made the prospect of tracking chronic pain much more palatable with the creation of the iPhone app -- My Pain Diary: Chronic Pain Management.
Here are a few tips from Damon that should apply to anyone tracking pain, regardless of their personal or physician-directed goals.
1 – Install My Pain Diary: Chronic Pain Management (MPD) on your iPhone or other iOS device.
2 – Be consistent, set reminders: If you are suffering from one of the many ‘always on’ conditions like RSD, Fibromyalgia, or back pain, you will want to determine a regular schedule and stick to it. MPD makes this easy with the reminders feature. Set this up to relieve yourself from the burden of remembering.
3 – Don’t linger: Most professionals agree that spending too much time thinking about your pain can have negative effects. MPD was designed to get you in and out with as few taps as possible.
4 – Sometimes, less is more: Be judicious about what you choose to track. The output of this app has to be made useful and consumed by you and your doctors. Choosing to track every little detail can quickly become overwhelming for the people dealing with the data. Consult with your doctors to determine the appropriate level of detail needed for your particular situation.
5 – Track the weather: MPD will automatically track several weather metrics for you. Add this weather data to the graph to seek correlations with your pain. Just make sure MPD has access to your device’s location services, and the app will pull in the current local weather and save it with your entries.
6 – Lock it down: Use the Passcode-Lock feature to require a 4-digit pin to open the app. That way your kids won’t accidentally delete your data, or see your private information.
7 – Show the app to your doctors: MPD is very versatile and can be set up to track just about anything. Be sure to review the app with your doctors and set it up to suit your particular needs.
ABOUT MY PAIN DIARY: CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT
My Pain Diary: Chronic Pain Management (MPD) is an award-winning iPhone app developed to eliminate some of the overhead in keeping a pain diary and communicating the information to health care professionals.
MPD takes the traditional practice of documenting the severity and frequency of one's pain and marries it with the iPhone, taking full advantage of the technology therein.
MPD is used by thousands of patients and e-Patients around the world to track and manage a variety of chronic conditions such as: Rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia, back pain, headaches, migraines, menopause and depression.
ABOUT DAMON LYNN
Damon has been involved in interactive media for the last decade. Before falling for the iPhone, Damon built a successful career in web design & development, Flash development, multimedia production and entrepreneurial innovationism. When Damon is not hard at work improving My Pain Diary, he is spending time with his family, developing casual games, and making up words like “innovationism.”