Tracking Your Quality of Life with Pain
With any scale that is based upon a self-report, you have to be completely honest to get the most out of it. The quality of life scale can be used as part of your daily journal entry to help you keep track of any consistency in your ups and downs. It will also help your medical practitioner understand how you are interacting with your treatments. Start off your journal with a number rating based on the description “Today I struggled a bit but I was able to do the dishes, get out of bed and shower, do a bit of vacuuming, so I’m feeling around a 6.” Highlight the number, make it big, and/or put it immediately at the beginning so that it’s easy to keep track.