TOOLS TO HELP YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DOCTOR VISIT
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IS VITAL TO GETTING THE HELP YOU NEED TO LIVE WELL IN SPITE OF YOUR PAIN. BUT OFFICE VISITS CAN BE TOO SHORT TO CONVEY ALL THE IMPORTANT DETAILS OF YOUR CONDITION.
THE AMERICAN CHRONIC PAIN ASSOCIATION (ACPA) WEBSITE HAS A NUMBER OF GRAPHICAL TOOLS TO HELP IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER ABOUT ISSUES YOU ARE CURRENTLY FACING AND HELPS YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR TRACK YOUR PROGRESS OVER TIME.
Tools on the ACPA website include:
PAIN LOG: Many factors can affect your pain – stress, sleep, financial concerns, even the weather. The Pain Log can help you track the everyday things that impact your pain.
CARE CARD: This tool helps you understand how your medications should be taken, what you should avoid while taking them, as well as possible side effects.
FOLLOW UP ON YOUR VISIT: This tool provides you with a simple guide to ensure that you complete all the treatments/advice/ recommendations.
QUALITY OF LIFE SCALE: This tool focuses on function and can help your provider understand any limits pain puts on your life.
FIBRO LOG: The Fibro Log helps you track the everyday things that have an impact on your fibromyalgia pain.
FIBRO PAIN MAP: This interactive tool helps you create a picture of your pain that you can share with your health care provider when you visit.
WHERE DOES IT HURT?: This online tool helps you communicate with your provider about where and how your nerve pain can occur.
Find the tools you need to help manage your pain. Visit the ACPA at www.theacpa.org.