Chronic pain can be a troublesome annoyance or a devastating curse that interrupts life functions, relationships, employment, and most things that bring us satisfaction. It takes over our lives, consumes us, and threatens our well-being and the well-being of those who care about us—family, friends, coworkers. For many with chronic pain, and probably most of you who are reading this, traditional pain management (medication and physical interventions) has not helped sufficiently. You have developed a constellation of troubling symptoms. Here is a list of some of the manifestations of chronic pain. Please check off those you have experienced.
- Feelings of depression, anger, worry, discouragement, and irritability.
- Sleep difficulties.
- Financial problems.
- Problems relating to others, causing significant disturbance in relationships.
- Inability to tolerate physical activities.
- Withdrawal from social activities.
- Inability to concentrate.
- Poor memory.
- Isolation from support systems, including family, friends, and coworkers.
- A decrease in sexual activity or performance.
- A decrease in self-esteem.
- Secondary physical problems.
- Problematic use of pain medications and/or alcohol or addiction.
- Avoiding work and leisure activities.
- Negative attitudes concerning everyday life.
This blog post is an excerpt from Pain Recovery – How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain by Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM, Frank Szabo, LADC, Daniel Shiode, PhD, Robert Hunter, PhD; Published by Central Recovery Press (CRP).