I have kept diaries in the past to track pain which was hard to determine what caused it as I did not know I had fibromyalgia at that time. Everything hurt like hell 😂😂
I started to keep a Fibro diary about 3 months ago to see what caused pain and exhaustion to try to help me figure out what I could do and not have a Fibro attack, crash whatever you want to call it.
As part of my mindfulness course I am trying a new one which is a much better plan:-
This lists, activity, time taken, a rating for whatever you are tracking, mine is pain and exhaustion as separate ratings. 1 being minimal and 10 being extreme. Then I log a physical tension rating and whether I perceive the activity as either an increase ‘+’ or decrease ‘-‘ or no change ‘0’.
The whole purpose of this is to try to see what activities increase pain, exhaustion and tension or whatever your scale is tracking, then to try to reduce the length of time by 20%, to try to reduce the boom, bust cycle, so the overdoing it then becoming ill, making myself incapable of activities until recovered.
For example if sitting for 10 minutes is ok but more is painful, I just get up at 8 minutes and do something else for a period of time to reduce the chance of pain.
This is great in principle as it can help me plan my day better but presently it hurts to sit and stand at work and the more walking I do the more exhausted I get 😂😂. Since adding the hot water bottle I can sit for longer. So I have in fact found a compromise.
I am going to keep the diary for a few days until my next session to see what happens and see if I can change anything to ensure I don’t fall into the boom or bust cycle.
I have even been using my mindfulness meditation at work at lunch time as I find it helps me control my exhaustion due to mental exhaustion. I don’t even need to close my eyes anymore as I can do it staring at something with a soft focus.
The pain I have is lower back ache which has ramped up since I restarted my regular mindfulness yoga. It’s just lactic acid building up in my body as I allowed myself to become immobile. The more I exercise the stronger I will become and in the long term my pain will reduce.
I will never ever allow myself not to be able to exercise and I will not allow myself to get overweight as this would be irresponsible and showing contempt for my health and wellbeing.