Pain Description Tracker
Your doctor will often ask you, “What does your pain feel like?” This important diagnostic metric helps to identify the possible causes or mechanisms of your pain. Because of this, the Pain Description Tracker should be a frequently used element of your Diary Entries.
This Tracker uses a list of descriptive terms which can be customized to suit your particular situation and medical condition.
Diary Entry Input
Using the Description Tracker is quite simple. Just scroll through the list of descriptive terms and tap on any of those that fit your current pain profile. Since pain is often more complex than just a single term, you can choose as many descriptions as you like. Each will be listed in the box to the left of the list.
If you need to customize the list, just scroll to the bottom and select the “Edit the List” option. This will open the Tracker List Editing view where you can edit, add, or delete items as needed.
Summary Report Graph Samples
This bar graph shows the list of selected Pain Descriptions during the reporting period. The length of the bar refers to the frequency of that particular descriptive term showing up in the Diary Entries.
For example, a frequency of 70% for the term “Burning” would indicate that roughly 7 in 10 of the Diary Entries documenting Pain Description would have indicated “Burning” as a selected description, while other descriptions like Stiffness and Aching were constant issues as indicated by their 100% frequency.
The red bars indicate the terms that were most frequently cited for the reporting period. Using this graph, it is easy for your doctor to identify which descriptions best describe your pain condition.
This Cloud View graph uses the same statistics from the bar graph, but shows the data using variable font sizes for the descriptive terms. The larger the font, the more frequently selected that term was during the reporting period.
In this graph, your pain description data is cross-referenced with pain intensity level data reported in the same diary entries in order to show the range of pain levels you experienced for a given description.
From this, you are able to identify those pain descriptions that are most affiliated with the higher intensity pain – in this case Stabbing and Burning. While, other descriptions like Soreness and Aching are affiliated with a wider range of pain levels.