Do you need a Pain Diary?

Chronic Pain is a devastating disease if not properly diagnosed and treated. This is particularly true if there is not an obvious source of the pain. Fibromyalgia, migraines, low back pain, arthritis, cancer related pain, gout are just a few of the many causes of chronic pain. If you suffer from pain, you know its impact and the importance of treating it correctly.

Effective communication between a patient and her doctors is key to ensuring that the proper course of treatment is pursued. But during the typical doctor’s visit you may only have 10 to 15 minutes to describe a pain history of a month or more. “How bad does it hurt?”, “Where does it hurt?”, “What does the pain feel like?”, “How often do you feel the pain?”, “Does medicine XYZ help the pain?”, etc.

Chronic Pain Tracker was designed by a chronic pain sufferer faced with this same challenge. How do you quantify and objectify your pain history so that you can then communicate it to your doctors. This application addresses the 3 key requirements to solve this challenge:

  1. How do you TRACK the parameters of pain,

  2. How do you ANALYZE the data objectively,

  3. How do you COMMUNICATE the findings

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1) TRACK your Pain Metrics

Before you can understand your chronic pain, you need to document it. Capturing the details of your condition with a Pain Diary App like CPT on a regular basis is a fundamental requirement to the process.

Chronic Pain Tracker provides a suite of health related “Trackers” that can be used to build a Pain Diary. Twelve unique Trackers can be combined in a building block fashion to create each Diary Entry: documenting the intensity, location and description of your pain along with a variety of other health metrics related to chronic pain issues.

This modular approach allows you to customize your Pain Diary so that you’re focusing on tracking only the metrics that are important to you. The other benefit of using a modular design is that it enables us to introduce additional types of Trackers into the product without disrupting the workflow of the app.

To learn more about each of our Diary Entry Tracker Modules, tap the image above or this link.

2) ANALYZE Your Data

The entries within the Pain Diary provide the objective details, but it is only after aggregating and filtering this data that important trends and details will present themselves.

Chronic Pain Tracker handles this data aggregation and analysis automatically and provides you with a rich collection of graphs and charts detailing the characteristics of your pain over a given time range. Each Tracker has its own suite of graph views. You have a choice of viewing these graphs interactively on the device, or by combining them as part of an exported report.

3) COMMUNICATE With Your Doctors

Great graphs aren’t the end result. Somehow you need to convey all of this information to your doctor so that both of you can be on the same page. CPT offers a choice of 4 unique report formats.

Reports can be viewed interactively on your device or exported in either PDF or HTML formats. From within the device you have the option to Print directly to Apple AirPrint enabled printers, or E-mail the report to your doctor, or sync the report to all your devices using integrated Dropbox support. Regardless of the method, sharing these reports with your doctor will dramatically improve the communication during your next visit.

Diary History Report

The Diary History Report creates an exportable version of your Pain Diary data for a given date range. The Diary Entries are listed chronologically in the report, and include the Tracker data you created within the Diary Entry.This type of report is ideal for situations where you may want to create a hard copy version of the Diary data you have within the application OR where your doctor requests to see the individual Diary Entries you created for the period.The Diary History Report can be generated for any range of dates covered by your Diary data and generated as either PDF or HTML format.

Summary Report

The Summary & Analysis Report is the ideal report to share with your doctor as it provides a concise overview of your chronic pain condition during the date range being analyzed. The data aggregation process is automated and allows the doctor to see key trends in your pain levels, medication usage, etc, as well as, coo relations between different aspects of your health condition.

Calendar Report

The Calendar Report focuses exclusively on your Pain Level diary data and plots it on a month by month calendar format. For each day in the calendar, we take your diary entries and create a color gradient showing the various pain levels you experienced throughout the day. The colors will range from green for no pain -> yellow for low pain -> orange for moderate pain -> and red for intense pain. And the color’s position in the gradient reflects when in the day those pain levels were felt. So a color on the left side of the day is early morning, with midday in the middle and evening to the right. Also shown are colored boxes corresponding to key milestones (eg. medication changes, surgeries, etc) which are also listed at the end of the report. This is a great report for viewing your day to day pain levels in a very concise manner.

Comparison Report

This report let’s you compare two different time periods to see how your pain metrics have changed from one period to the next. This is ideal for answering the question, “So how do you feel now compared to before the surgery (or before your medication change, or before your therapy, etc)?”

Like the Summary Report, the Comparison Report generates an array of graphs for each Tracker used within the periods being examined. All of the aggregation and number crunching is done for you and presented in clear informative graph form. This report includes more than 50 unique views of your diary data – giving you and your doctor a clear picture of how your situation has changed from one period to the next.