If you’re like most people with chronic pain, you struggle to help your friends and family understand your condition.
Continue reading to learn 3 little-known facts about chronic pain to help your loved ones understand:
1. Chronic pain is real
Often times, people with chronic pain are treated as if they have made up—or exaggerated—their symptoms. Despite these accusations, chronic pain is real and affects millions of people every day.
Part of the problem is that chronic pain is typically the result of an anatomical problem that is difficult, or perhaps even impossible, to diagnose with standard medical tests. Additionally, pain cannot be diagnosed in the same manner as a broken bone or torn muscle.
Despite these drawbacks, there is widespread acceptance in the medical community of the reality and prevalence of chronic pain.
2. Chronic pain is lonely
Many people with chronic pain feel isolated, and it is not hard to figure out why this is the case. For example, imagine that all of your friends are planning to spend the afternoon doing a physical activity, like hiking, but you have to stay behind because of your chronic back pain.
Instead of treatment suggestions, or an email regarding the latest “miracle cure,” what people with chronic pain really need is empathy. To learn how to learn how to talk to your loved ones about chronic pain, click here.
3. Chronic pain can lead to sleep-related problems
Nearly two-thirds of people with chronic pain suffer from a sleep disorder. This is a major problem, as a lack of sleep can make chronic pain worse—which can result in a frustrating cycle of pain and sleeplessness.
This means that people with chronic pain likely suffer from lack of sleep and struggle with incessant pain.
To learn some simple tips to minimize chronic pain at bed time, click here.
We hope that you will take the time to share the above facts with your friends and family. Of course, no single list can explain everything about chronic pain—but the more your loved ones know about chronic pain the more likely they are to sympathize with your condition.
Interested in more information on how to manage your chronic pain? Contact us today at 844-939-7246!