Chronic pain has its hurdles, and unless you experience it yourself, you may never fully understand all the problems that come along with it. It’s so much more than just pain, it affects multiple aspects of your daily life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
One of the biggest hurdles is that many people believe that chronic pain is all in the head, and not a real issue. Chronic pain is not always a diagnosable problem, which leads to people believing it is a made up issue that some use for certain intentions, such as drugs or attnetion. This disbelief can affect you mentally, and emotionally, so it’s best to help others understand your pain the best way that you can.
These mental, and emotional affects can be just as damaging as the physical pain you go through with chronic pain. They can lead to sleep problems that affect your work performance, and depression and anxiety that can affect your personal relationships. Find a good support group, whether family or friends, that want to help and understand your pain to prevent other damaging problems. Without support, chronic pain can become lonely, making you feel isolated from everyone around you, and the cycle of mental, emotional, and physical pain will continue.
Chronic pain is very personal, and is different for every person who has it. While one person may be able to handle their pain, the next may not even be able to get out of bed. Take time to understand your pain and what you can do to relieve it.
Always remember that you are not alone! With over 100 million people in the United States alone dealing with chronic pain, someone is there to listen and understand your pain. Advanced Pain Management is here to listen, and find the best techniques to rid you of your pain forever.
This blog is written for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for actual medical treatment. Please contact the APM Augusta office to schedule an appointment if you are in need of medical care.