What sorts of things affect my pain?
Sometimes there is no pattern to when pain starts or gets worse. However, people with chronic pain can learn what things increase their pain, called “pain triggers.” Not enough sleep, stress, too much activity, certain medications, certain types of movements or positions, negative thoughts about pain, and diet can all be pain triggers. The best way to understand your triggers is to pay attention to the types of things that bring on pain or make your pain worse. Using a pain log or pain diary can be helpful. There also are pain apps for your smartphone to help track your pain (see Tools, Apps, Videos section).