Now imagine, you hit that same finger with the hammer, but instead of having pain immediately, you experience pain 3-4 hours later. Would you still be able to identify the hammer as the main cause of the pain? Maybe, maybe not?
As stated above the first goal is to examine the peaks and valleys of your symptoms. Then, one must look at the immediate activities that you are doing when your pain is both better and worse. Finally, you should look at the activities leading up to your pain free moments or your more painful moments. The final step is illustrated in the chart below.
If we can examine the activities leading up to pain, we can do a better job of identifying the triggers and eventually eliminating them. Eliminating the cause of pain is the first step to recovery!!!