Pain

Pain can be difficult to control, and your doctor may try different medication or change the dose of the medication you are taking. You may decide to do some new activity which improves the pain or makes it worse, but if your medication is altered, you can’t be sure when things changed. An app called the Keele Pain Recorder asks you to put in information regularly, and then produces a graph of your pain level alongside any other changes, so that when you visit your doctor, you have a clear record in your phone of what happened and when. The app is free and available from Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Here are a couple of videos of how it works; Dr John Bedson, and How the Keele Pain Recorded (KPR) Benefits Patients. 

An alternative to you keeping a note of your progress on an app could be to be monitored via Flo text messaging, where you could be asked daily questions, and your texted replies would go back to the surgery computer. This is useful if you don’t have a smartphone.

BACK PAIN

Back pain is one of the conditions included in the Manage Your Health app, which is also free to download, has useful information about back pain, and includes links to the NHS: home website, which has advice about exercises for the patient to do, in order to recover as quickly as possible. Here are a couple of other websites to check out; NHS: LiveWell, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and CSP UK’s exercise advice videos.

Sometimes when you see your doctor about long-standing pain, it is not necessary to have a physical examination, and in these circumstances it may be possible to have a Skype consultation instead of a face-to-face one. This can be more convenient if you have difficulty getting to the surgery. There is a video below of a specialist diabetes nurse using Skype in a consultation with a patient about their diabetes.