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A way to help you communicate your pain to your doctor

Doctors rely on patients to accurately describe their pain in order to create an effective pain management plan.

You can use a printout of the chart below to keep track of your pain, noting when it began, its intensity, what it feels like, its location and whether it expands. Also, take note of any medication‘s effects on your pain. Some doctors ask patients to maintain a pain diary.
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cancercaresummerThis article appears in the summer 2016 issue of Cancer Care magazine.