When Chronic Pain Gets You Down…

Chronic pain is not just a physical condition—it is an emotional one that has tremendous influence over thoughts and moods. People with chronic pain may isolate themselves from others or be unable to achieve mobility that they once had. Chronic pain is not just associated with physical injuries, it can stem from conditions like heart disease, arthritis, migraines and diabetes.

Our Practice Director Michael I’Anson, gives us an  insight behind pain and how it can affect our mental health.

“It is important to know that it is normal to feel this way when you are in pain, especially for long periods of time. However, it is something you do not have to live with.

As Chiropractors, we find that pain and depression are closely related. Sometimes pain and depression create a vicious cycle in which pain worsens symptoms of depression, and then the resulting depression worsens feelings of pain.

When taking a medical history, patients commonly describe their pain and the associated problems as “wearing them down” and, over time, affecting their mood. This type of pain is described as ‘chronic’ and causes a number of problems, often leading into depression, including trouble sleeping and stress. Furthermore, disabling pain can enhance low self-esteem and impact greatly on work, social, family and financial aspects of our life.

Mental illness does not just occur with pain resulting from an injury. It is also common in people who have pain that is linked to a health condition such as diabetes or heart disease”.  Living with chronic pain may also lead to:

Depression

Living with pain can affect mood, often making us more susceptible to emotional changes that can foster depression, anxiety and fear. Such mood disorders can also promote a dependence on prescription medications which are designed to treat the pain.

Sleep Deprivation

In addition to changes in our mood, living with pain can seriously disturb sleep patterns. It is often difficult for a person to fall asleep, let alone remain asleep for any period of time when we are experiencing unrelenting or sporadic pain.

Relationship Problems

It’s no secret that the side effects of living with pain reach over into a person’s personal relationships with coworkers, family and friends. The physical limitation that develop, as well as one’s tendency to be less patient while in pain, can limit one’s ability to interact and empathise with others.

Free Pain Assessment

Creative Chiropractic offers the opportunity to discuss your pain and associated problems with a highly qualified health professional. The discussion includes an indication as to what could be causing the pain and ways to help identify and treat the root cause of your condition.

Our Free 30-minute Pain Assessment is conducted in a friendly, professional, relaxed and confidential environment.

There is no further commitment or obligation, just a genuine chance to talk through how your symptoms could be treated and managed and provides the first step to a pain-free life.

Click here to download your Free 30-Minute Pain Assessment voucher.

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