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This simple guide will provide an explanation on the basics on how Manage My Pain™ works. If you cannot find the answer you need, please Contact Us
When you first start using Manage My Pain, it is highly valuable to customize the lists being used so that they are relevant to your situation and condition. Having a conversation with your medical professional would be beneficial to ensure that you are using terms that are understandable by him or her to evaluate and assess your pain.
Lists can only be customized in the “Add New Record” or “Edit Pain Record” screen, which is accessible from the Main Menu. There is a “Modify List” button that you will find under the following sections in that screen: Locations, Other Associated Symptoms, Character, Aggravating/Alleviating Factors (please note there is a separate list for Aggravating and Alleviating Factors respectively), & Environment.
When clicked, the “Modify List” button will take you to a screen that will display Common values for that section. The Common values have been included with the app by default based on research from medical journals for describing pain.
At the bottom of this screen, there is a section for Custom values. It is here that you may add your own values that are not already in the Common section. To add a new Custom value, simply click the “Add New” button and type in the text of that value. Please note that you may not add a value that already exists in the Common or Custom lists.
Beside each value under the Common and Custom sections, there is a checkbox under the “Show?” column. By checking this box, the value will be displayed in the “Add New Record” and “Edit Pain Record” screens. Please note that this is a global preference, meaning that all records will be affected by this. Just because a value is not shown does not mean it cannot be shown in the future. Likewise, you may hide a value from the list by unchecking it. This will not disassociate that value from any records that are assigned to it.
Beside each Custom value, there is a “-” sign. Clicking on this sign will remove the Custom value from the list permanently. Please note that removing a custom value will also affect all records that had previously been associated to that record. It is not a reversible action, so please ensure you have a Backup prior to performing this operation. A prompt will appear if there are affected records, including the total number.
If you click on a custom value from the Modify List screen, a pop-up will appear. You may change the value to any non-existing value. Keep in mind, this will also affect all records that had previously been associated to that record, and they will be now re-associated to the new value. A prompt will appear if there are affected records, including the total number.
Entering pain quickly and easily was a prime concern in designing the app. We all know that the last thing anyone wants to deal with in the midst of a pain episode is too many clicks or a complicated screen. Pain can be added in two ways: through the “Add New Record” button on the Main Menu, or by duplicating an existing record on the “View Records” screen.
By clicking the button on the Main Menu, you will be taken to the “Add New Record” screen. There are no mandatory fields on this screen, meaning you only need to record the information that you feel is important, or are capable at that point in time. You simply expand the section you want to complete by pressing the “+” sign on the right-hand side of each section. Likewise, when you are done with that section, you may close it by pressing the “-” sign.
The following sections are all list-based, which means you simply need to “check” which values are most applicable to you: Locations, Other Associated Symptoms, Character, Aggravating/Alleviating Factors (please note there is a separate list for Aggravating and Alleviating Factors respectively), & Environment. Please see the Customizing Lists section to ensure that all values are relevant to your situation, which will greatly speed up this process.
In each of these sections, you can select any values that are applicable, or speed up the process even further by clicking the Select None (to remove all selections in that section) or the Select All (to select all values in that section) buttons.
When you click the “Results” button on the Main Menu, and are taken to the “Records” Tab, you are able to quickly duplicate any existing record. To do this, simply long-press the record you wish to duplicate. A pop-up will appear, and you simply select “Duplicate Record”. A new identical pain record will be created except with the current date and time. Using this functionality is the quickest and simplest way of recording recurring similar pain episodes.
The primary benefit of recording your pain using Manage My Pain instead of a paper journal is that you are able to better understand your pain, which will help you control and manage it How do you do this? By seeing all pain records that meet specific criteria! Why would you do this? To better understand when your pain is worst, when it is under control, and what changes in your regiment you might be able to try to improve your situation. The Sorting and Filtering options available through all “Results” Tabs and the “Create New Report” screen help you through your journey of managing your pain.
Select any of the options on the pop-up that appears after pressing the “Results” button on the Main Menu. You can limit which records are displayed by applying something called a filter. You can filter records either by clicking the section at the top that says “No Filter Applied” to be taken to the Filter Records screen.
To make the filter permanent, select the menu-option in the top-right of the Filter screen, and select Apply As Default. This filter will then be applied to all tabs on the Results screen and to the Create New Report screen. This is a useful feature if you're only interested in ever looking at records after a certain date, or pain that meets a minimum threshold. Removing the default filter is done the same way - by selecting the menu-option in the top-right of the Filter screen, and pressing Remove As Default.
Press the “Records” option after pressing the “Results” button on the Main Menu to see the list of all records (you may apply a filter to limit this list to only relevant records). The default order of all records is from newest to oldest. You can sort the records either by pressing Menu and selecting the “Sort By” option.
Once records are added, analysis can be performed to get better insight into your condition. The “Results” button from the Main Menu provides you with five tabs, each offering different views into your pain. From these tabs, you will be able to generate summary-level statistics, create pie charts, graph your pain severity, view your pain in a calendar, or just see a plain list. Each of the tabs can be further refined to only display the records you are interested in. Please see the Sorting and Filtering Records section to help you better understand the different methods available of finding the record(s) you need.
The Summary Tab is a one-pager that describes all the applicable records using frequency statistics and mean calculations. It is a great way to get a snapshot of all the pain records and daily reflections that you have entered, and a high-level insight into your condition.
The Charts Tab is a pie chart that shows the distribution of key elements of your pain records and daily reflections. It allows you to better understand the specific characteristics of your pain related to its Location, Other Associated Symptoms, Character, Aggravating Factors, Alleviating Factors, and Environment. It can also show you the Meaningful Activities you've reflected on daily.
The name of each bar is clickable so you can see the full text, and if you click the bar part, you will be taken to all the pain records associated with that value.
The Timeline Tab is a line graph showing the trends of your pain and daily reflections over time. At the top of the Tab is the “Best", "Average", and "Worst" scores within the specified date range. In addition, there are four lines that are displayed:
The Calendar Tab shows a monthly calendar to allow you to see a visual representation of all your pain records in any particular month. Any day that has a pain record will have a blue background, and the Daily Average severity for any particular day is represented in a box on that day. In addition, overlay indicators can be selected to visually show when a particular element appears in pain records. The default overlays are the top 3 most alleviating factors, meaning you can see which treatment options have been tried throughout the month.
You can customize these overlays by clicking the button and selecting up to 6 different values. You can make these overlay selections permanent by clicking the menu-item in the top-right and selecting "Apply As Default". To reset the overlays to the default values, open the Overlays screen, select the top-right menu item, and selet "Reset to Default"
From the this Tab, you are able to quickly duplicate, edit, view, or delete a pain record. Viewing or modifying a record can be done in two ways: by long-pressing the record, or by simply clicking the appropriate record.
If you added a record, but didn’t feel the information was complete or accurate, you can always edit the record easily! Editing a record can be done in two ways: by long-pressing the record on the “Records” Tab, or through the “Edit Record” button on the “View Record” screen, which is also accessible through the “Records” Tab. Please see the Sorting and Filtering Records section to help you better understand the different methods available of finding the record(s) you need. Also note that once edits are save, you cannot undo them unless you restore a backup.
Sometimes you may a mistake when adding a record, but don’t fret, removing the incorrect information is easy! Deleting a record can be done in two ways: by long-pressing the record on the “View Records” screen, or through the Menu Option on the “View Record” screen , which is accessible through the “View Records” screen. Please see the Sorting and Filtering Records section to help you better understand the different methods available of finding the record(s) you need to delete. Also note that once deleted, a record cannot be recovered unless you restore a backup.
The easiest way to delete a record is to press the “View Records” button on the Main Menu. Then simply long-press the record you wish to delete. A pop-up will appear, from which you can select the “Delete Record” button. A confirmation will appear as this will permanently remove the record from the database.
The second way to delete a record is through the “View Record” screen, which is accessible by through the methods described in the Viewing Records section. Once in the the “View Record” screen of the record you wish to delete, press the Menu button and select “Delete Record”. A confirmation will appear as this will permanently remove the record from the database.
To create a new report, press the “Reports” button on the Main Menu and select “Create New Report” from the pop-up. You will be taken to a screen with a drop-down for the Report Type which has three options:
• Basic (Offline) - contains basic summary and log of all pain details
• Basic (Enhanced) - the recommend report to share with your care team as it summarizes both your profile and your pain - requires an online profile to produce
• Advanced - adds charts, timeline graphs, and calendar views to the enhanced report - requires an online profile
Please see an example of the reports here: http://www.managinglife.com/faq?id=4
After you have requested a report, an email will be sent to your account's email address within the hour. Within this email, there will be a link where you can download your report in PDF format. When clicking the link, you will first be asked to enter in your Manage My Pain account details. Once downloaded, you can print off the report and bring it to your doctor during the next visit.
Given that email is less secure, we do not attach your PDF report directly in an email and do not recommend that you email it to your doctor.
A powerful report that is intended to summarize your data and communicate your pain story in the most concise and clinically-relevant manner. This report contains a "Patient Profile", "Summary, and all "Pain Details", if you select it. This report requires an online profile to produce because of the computing power required to generate the statistics, visual format, and charts - a smartphone device is not powerful enough. You can choose to exclude any aspects of your information by unchecking it.
There is no cost to generate this report, but it takes some time to put together, and it will be emailed to your account within an hour.
This is our most powerful report and adds "Timeline", "Charts", and "Calendar" views to the Basic (Enhanced) report. It too requires an online profile to produce. Each report will also require a credit to be purchased, which costs as low as $1.19USD each. This report requires even more computing power and time to generate than the Basic (Enhanced) report, but, it too, will be emailed to your account within an hour.
As with the Basic (Enhanced) report, you can choose to exclude any aspects of your information by unchecking it. A credit will only be needed if either a Charts, Timeline, or Calendar section is added to the report.
This report does not require an online account to generate and is created entirely locally on your device. The report will always include a Pain Summary and a Filter Summary. The Pain Summary is a one-pager that describes all the applicable records using frequency statistics and mean calculations. The Filter Summary describes what kind of filter has been applied to the report. The only other element you can optionally select to include in the report are Pain Details, which can be further limited in terms of the details included (e.g. Location, Other Associatied Symptoms, etc...) One use for disabling certain elements includes if you do not want to include the “Notes” section in the report, as it contains personal journaling not intended for your medical practitioner.
Reports are saved in PDF format in the default Reports directory: /sdcard/LifeControlSoftware/ManageMyPain/Reports
After the Report is generated, a pop-up will appear allowing you to View the report, Email the report, or return to the app. Viewing the report will automatically open the report using the device’s default PDF reader. Please note that Adobe Reader, available free on the Android Market, or an equivalent app, is needed to view reports. Emailing the report launches the default email app, and attaches the PDF report to it with some pre-defined text. All that is needed is to populate the “To” field.
Both the View and Email options are available as buttons when pressing the “Reports” button on the Main Menu. You will be taken to a file browser that starts in the Reports directory to select the Report which you wish you View/Email – file names are prefixed with the date and time of creation. Both buttons will then perform the same functionality as described above.
After creating a ManagingLife.com account, you will now be able to store all your information in the "cloud". This essentially means that you information will be safe in case you lose your phone or change devices. More importantly, it will also allow you to use multiple devices to enter and view your information. If you enter a pain record on your phone while outside the house, you will be able to view it on your tablet when you get home.
The following information gets synced with the cloud: pain records, custom lists and their corresponding "Show?" values, default filters, and default overlays.
You can choose when to sync. We recommend that you enable the "Sync on changes" option, which will perform the sync operation any record is added, edited, or deleted. It will also sync when you change your default filters, overlays, or modify your custom lists.
The "Sync on app start" and "Sync on exit" will perform the sync operation when you open or close the app respectively. This setting is usually not required if "Sync on changes" is enabled, but is advisable is you regularly use multiple devices to record and view your pain.
A pro-only feature is background sync. This will make sure that Manage My Pain syncs with the servers even if the app isn't open. You can set the interval at which this occurs, knowing that lower intervals drains battery quickly. This open is highly valuable for those who use multiple devices regularly to record and view pain.
A percentage indicator on the Main Menu and on the My Profile screen will let you know the overall completeness of your profile information. A section that has a "red" indicator implies there is information within that section which has not yet been completed.
You can add the pain conditions which you suffer from - whether there is a single, unknown, cause or if you are unfortunately plagued by ten different ailments. Along with each condition, you are able to record the date you first experienced a symptom, and the date you were officially diagnosed.
To add a new condition, simply click the "Add Condition" button. In the first field of the pop-up that appears, you can start typing the letters of your condition. After you have input at least three characters, a list of possible matches will be displayed. Select the correct condition from the list, or continue entering the characters if you do not find a match. Click the "Add New" button if you do not find a match that describes your condition. If you enter another name for an existing condition, it will be replaced by the formal name upon the next load of the screen.
Medications have their own section in the Profile section. The first step is to search for a medication from our standardized database. Please note that many "brands" are not in the database, so we recommend searching by the active medicinal ingredients. All medications must be entered in English at this time.
You can search for a specific medication by entering the first few letters and then selecting the appropriate result. As you type the medicinal ingredient, you may see the specific brand you are using, so please select it accordingly. Once you select a result, the Brand, identifier, and active ingredient secton will be automatically populated. From there, you will need to add information related to the following:
* strength - concentration or amount of medication in a particular unit in (e.g. %, mg)
* dosage unit - the form in which the medication appears (e.g. tablets, sprays, applications)
* "take as" value - to articulate whether the medication should be taken as needed, as defined by a dosage, or both
* dosages - specifies the required frequency and amount of a medication - notifications will be added in the future to help you remember to take your medication according to these values
* relevant pain conditions - automatically populated based on what you have already added to your profile
* notes - should be used to capture elements not obvious from the other sections (e.g. Extended Release, brand name)
This information will appear summarized in the Enhanced and Advanced reports that are generated. Once added to your profile, the medication, along with the specific dosages that you have added, will now show up in the "Aggravating Factors" and "Alleviating Factors" list.
Everytime that you experience a pain episode, and took medication as a result, you simply check off the appropriate value and specify the dosage taken. The medications will then be treated as any other factor, and included in the calculations and charts to help you better understand their effectiveness.
This section captures personal characteristics that provide additional insight into your condition: age, gender, height, and weight. You may enter your height and weight in the units that makes the most sense to you.
We always recommend backing up your database often. Although this is currently a manual process, we will be enabling automated timed backups in the future as well as synchronization over the cloud with our web servers.
To backup, simply press the “Backup/Restore” button on the Main Menu. You will be presented with a popup, from which you select “Backup”. A uniquely-named file based on the date and time will be stored on your device’s sdcard in the following directory: /sdcard/LifeControlSoftware/ManageMyPain/Backups
Please keep in mind that Manage My Pain will never delete backup files. You will have to manually delete any backups you no longer require using a File Explorer.
To restore data stored in a backup, press the “Backup/Restore” button on the Main Menu. You will be presented with a popup, from which you select “Restore”. A landscape-based File Browser will be launched that will automatically point you to the default Backups directory: /sdcard/LifeControlSoftware/ManageMyPain/Backups
Select the file you would like to restore – file names are prefixed with the date and time of creation.
Please keep in mind that restoring will overwrite all information currently in the application.
The reason that this cannot happen automatically is because Android prevents applications from sharing information (for security), so that means the Pro version cannot see what’s in the Lite version unless you do it manually.
It is easy to forget to log your pain, and a gentle reminder goes a long way to making sure you spend that 30 seconds! When you install Manage My Pain, a reminder is set up at 8PM everyday that will remind you to log your pain. Clicking on the reminder will take you straight to the "Add New Record" page with the current date and time already set.
You can choose how often (or not often) you wish to be reminded. To set your reminders, click the gear icon in the lower-right hand corner of the Main Menu to access the "Settings" screen. Then, expand the "Reminders" section and you will see a list of reminders. Simply click the "Add Reminder" button and set it to the time of day and frequency you wish for it to occur. You can add as many reminders as you need, each with their own time of day.
The final settings are pretty standard when it comes to Android notifications. Selecting "Sound" allows you to choose the specific sound that plays when the reminder appears - it is set to your device's default notification sound. Vibrate and LED are self-explanatory, so choose which options fit your situation.
In short, it helps both you and your doctor better manage your pain. Our very own pain psychologist, Dr. Aliza Weinrib, has posted a great entry explaining the value of tracking meaningful activities here: http://www.managinglife.com/faq?id=8
You should aim to record your meaningful activities everyday. After 8PM, if you haven't already recorded your meaningful activities for the day, the app will automatically show you the "Daily Reflection" screen.
If, however, you would like to manually open the screen, select the "Add Daily Reflection" menu option from the top-right of the "Add New Record" screen.
Pressing "Continue" will either save your information or allow you to skip the screen. In both situations, you will then be taken to the "Add New Record" screen.
If you click the "Don't show me this again today" button, you will not be prompted again to enter your meaningful activities for the day.
You can also permanently disable the Daily Reflection screen through the "Settings" page under "Tracking Preferences"