Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Behavioral Pain Management Dashboard


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I'll be checking my gauges and pacing on my trip to New York City this weekend. Otherwise there is no way I'll survive. I want to go to everything and party my butt off. It's just not possible or responsible. I've talked about checking your gauges before, but this is a perfect time to go over the concept again. I learned the concept at the Lemons Center for Behavioral Pain Management, where I went for treatment for six weeks in the winter of '09.


Pacing: An Important Tool for Coping with Chronic Illness


Just like when you're driving a car and monitoring the gauges on the dashboard for speed, fuel, oil and other messages the car gives you, pay attention to the messages your body gives you. These are the gauges to focus on:


(1) Pain

(2) Fatigue

(3) Stress (external factors such as work, family, money, etc.)

(4) Emotional State (internal factors such as anxiety, depression, etc.)


Rate each factor on a scale of 1 - 10.
1 - 6 - Continue your activities; keep checking your gauges.

7 - 9 - Slow down; keep checking your gauges.


10 - Stop and take care of yourself.

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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.