My pain comes from multiple sources; Interstitial Cystitis, osteoarthritis, headaches/migraines/sinuses, fibromyalgia, and sometimes IBS. I have kept a pain diary to track my symptoms and draw correlations between food, activities, weather, and the like, to my pain. Correlation does not equal causation, but it’s a place to start. Especially with diseases that are not well understood.
The favored approach to asking about pain is to measure it on a scale of 1 to 10, this tool isn’t the best because it assumes the person only has a single type of pain at any given time. For those of us who suffer from multiple pain conditions, this query seems like a trick question. I’ve started focusing on each individually if I’m in for a specific thing I stick to that.
A snapshot of this moment:
1 = No pain, 10 = Worst pain imaginable
Right now my overall pain is 5, there are no days when I’m pain-free. Most days I’m between 3 and 6.
My IC is currently a 3, it’s there, but I can ignore it.
Fibro is at 5 to 6, I’m aching quite a bit today, and I’m not able to ignore it.
Arthritis is 2, it’s not really bothering me much today, so that’s a win.
Headaches/Migraines/Sinuses are at a 3 today. No migraine, but my sinuses are a little inflamed and causing some pain.
IBS is not currently bothering me, so I put it at 1.