Doctors for Pain is an excellent website on treating and coping with chronic pain. You can use the site to find a pain management doc, learn about pain and alternatives or supplements to medications (like relaxation, music therapy and nutrition), and locate support and education resources.
The patient aid section provides helpful documents that may help you and your doctors better understand your pain, including:
- A daily health diary to record each day’s emotions, symptoms, sleep and meds
- A scale to assess your pain levels (here’s a more detailed scale)
- Lists of foods that are potential headache triggers and those that are vasoconstrictors (which can trigger headaches and other types of pain)
- Suggestions for preparing to visit a pain specialist