Chronic pain is pain that lasts for more than 3 months, and sometimes for years. Keeping a pain diary and tracking how your pain affects your daily activities can be a useful way to help you understand what makes your pain worse and what helps to relieve your pain. It can also help you describe to your healthcare team how your pain has been affecting you over time. This can be done by keeping a paper diary, or more recently with the use of apps for chronic pain. Here are some apps that we have reviewed.
|Manage my Pain
|PainScale - Pain Diary and Coach app
|Pain diary - Catch My Pain
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