Everyday, patients tell me about two kinds of pain...physical and emotional.
The first kind of the pain is the obvious one. This is the physical pain they feel in their bodies.
Patients tell me:
- how intense this pain is ("It is 6 out of 10")
- what it feels like ("It burns like electric shocks")
- where the pain is located ("It's in my back")
My patients can track all of this information in Manage My Pain, which is very helpful for me as part of their health care team because then I can see the pain pattern over time.
Patients also tell me about the second kind of pain, one that is just as real. It is the emotional pain of not being able to do the things that matter to them.
For example, patients tell me:
- "The hardest part is that I can't work."
- "My favorite thing is going for long bike rides and I miss it so much."
- "I really want to make a big birthday party for my kid, but it is too much."
Both kinds of pain are important.
That's why introduced a way to track your meaningful activities on a daily basis. When your doctor prescribes pain medicine, the goal is to help you in two ways:
- For you to have less pain
- For you to be able to do more of the meaningful activities that matter to you. Now you will be able to track that in the app.