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How many times have you had a good day only to drive yourself right back to bed by completely overdoing it and tackling everything on your to do list and then some? One of the great ideas [Diana Lee] learned about at The Lemons Center for Behavioral Pain Management is pacing. The idea of pacing is to stay within a reasonable range of pain and exertion at any given moment so you don’t drive yourself toward a crash. The way The Lemons Center illustrates this is by an idea they refer to as “checking your gauges.” Just like when you’re driving a car and monitoring the gauges on the dashboard for speed, fuel, oil and other messages the car gives you, pay attention to the messages your body gives you.

On a scale of 1-10 rate your pain, fatigue and emotional state in that moment (these numbers can change rapidly).

  • 1 – 6  Continue your activities; keep checking your gauges.
  • 7-9   Slow down; keep checking your gauges.
  • 10    Stop and take care of yourself

Keeping track of your numbers can be helpful in tracking patterns in your pain, fatigue and emotional health and for illustrating your symptoms and their impact for your doctors. Checking your numbers also keeps you honest about how you’re actually doing. As sick people we often tend to minimize our symptoms, which doesn’t do anything to help how we’re feeling.

[Somebody Heal Me]


Written by tldegray

June 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm

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