I'm seeing a neurologist about nerve pain - but I don't know when
So I need to keep a diary of symptoms for them
Do I start it now? or wait until I have an appointment?
How do I record - I have so many different types of pain, does time of day matter?
& silly tho' it sounds by recording pain will that make me more aware of it and bring it to the front of my mind so I record silly things that probably wouldn't have registered as pain if I wasn't recording it?
If start recording things now so when you go to the appt you'll have a starting point and won't forget to mention things of you've got a written diary in front of you. Google the NHS universal pain scale and it'll give you an idea about mild /moderate /severe. There's also an app which looks good for pain management - I haven't used it but am considering for cfs.
One way of assessing pain is to use OPQRST - onset - when did it start - provokes/palliates: what if anything brings the pain on, or makes it worse or better (e.g. movement, breathing, or taking pain medication) - quality: what kind of pain is it? sharp, dull, stabbing, constant, coming and going - radiates: does the pain go anywhere, move around at all? - severity: on a scale of 1-10 where 10 is the worst pain imaginable - time: anything to do with time e.g. how long the pain lasts
If you could keep a list over a week that includes all this plus of course which bit of you has the pain then that might be very helpful. But it might also take over your life...