Pain is distress associated with actual or possible tissue damage. According to the American Pain Society, pain affects more Americans than cancer, diabetes, and heart disease put together.
Normally, pain is differentiated based on its persistence and its impact on an individual’s life. For example, acute pain, which is usually short lasting, serves as an alert to possible injury such as sprained ankle. On the other hand, chronic pain is different and more complex.
Unlike acute pain, chronic pain is persistent, intractable, and extends beyond the expected time (usually 3-6 months) for tissue healing following an injury or a disease such as arthritis. Chronic Pain signals fire repetitively for extensive periods making it complicated to live a full and active life.
Because of the existing pain, patients may suffer from profound psychological, cognitive, and emotional effects. These effects can cause personality changes, anger, hopelessness, anxiety, and even lead to depression, which can at times make this condition difficult to manage.
How Being in Constant Pain Can Affect You Psychologically
Without proper adaptive coping strategies, chronic pain can wreck havoc on your life. Chronic pain can interfere with your psychology and emotions. Here is how pain affects you psychologically.
Chronic pain can damage your career, physical faction, and even your relationships. While it is normal to be distressed about your condition, do not let the pain make you a victim. Take control of the pain. To start with, accept the pain but do not let it take control or impair the ability for you to cope, and improve.
Chronic pain varies from one person to another. With proper and effective treatment, chronic pain can be managed. At Complete Neurological Care, we focus on diagnosis and treatment of pain and other neurological condition including headaches, migraines, neck pain, back pains, and seizure disorders. If you are suffering from chronic pain, contact us today and schedule an appointment.