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How can a pain diary help me cope with osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Keeping a pain diary or journal to track your symptoms and feelings can be helpful if you have osteoarthritis. Documenting your pain can help you and your doctor better design a treatment program and figure out what triggers your pain. Writing can also be an emotional release and may serve as a way to cope with your condition.

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