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A pain log is basically a log of the client’s injury experience. In this pain log the client should include not only all doctor and hospital appointment dates, but also what pain and suffering the client has experienced. The client should keep in mind this is not a personal entry journal, so the client should refrain from rants, ravings or other unrelated events or situations. Instead, this log should focus on information about the pain a client has experienced caused by the personal injury accident. Such information about pain events the client has experienced should include what time the pain began, the duration of the pain, the pain level, the specific location of the pain, and any treatment used to treat the pain.
It is useful to know when a client’s pain began and ended. A pattern may appear demonstrating that the client had more pain at night or during certain activities. For instance, a client that has had a personal injury from a car wreck in Kansas City may now be unable to sleep after the accident. A pain log may demonstrate that the client’s back or neck pain was worse at night after sleeping on his or her back.
Continuing with the example of a personal injury accident in Kansas City, the same client through the use of a pain log may be able to show a pattern of high level of pain around 3 or 4 in the morning for the client. It may be useful for the client to rate his or her pain on a scale of 1-10 for each entry in the pain log.
The pain log should also include the location of the pain. This may include not only the obvious injured area, but also any adjacent areas as well. For instance, many low back injuries radiate pain down into one or both of the legs. Similarly, a neck injury and/or whiplash can radiate pain into one of the arms.
The log should also list all treatment including self-treatment by the client such as types and dosages of pain medications taken, any use of hot and cold packs, any use of a tens unit, any use of topical ointments, any use of massage or self-massage, and any change of wraps and/or bandages of the wounded area.
If the client experiences a long recovery, then it may be necessary to keep this pain log for a long time. However, some clients may find the pain log a useful tool in helping them deal with their pain, because they will know if they have to explain to a jury the pain and suffering they went through they will have a log to remind them of it.