3 Things to Know About Chronic Pain

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!

Common Sleep Mistakes

Are you struggling to sleep and don’t know why? We want to help! To aid you in this process, here are 3 common mistakes that may be disrupting your sleep:

1. Overstimulation

If you are like most people, your workday doesn’t end when you leave the office. You are constantly checking emails, responding to calls, and reviewing slides right up until your bedtime—which can lead to overstimulation.

Additionally, you may overstimulate yourself by watching television shows with violence and/or horror elements, by reading the news, or by getting into an argument.

Engaging in these activities close to your bedtime may seem like no big deal, but this overstimulation within 1 hour of your bedtime can significantly disrupt your sleep.

2. Laying In Bed

This mistake may surprise you, but staying in bed too long can make it harder to fall asleep. If you lay down for too long, anxious thoughts, chronic pain or or anything else is likely to keep your mind up and activated.

The simple solution to staying in bed too long is to get out of bed if you can’t fall asleep after 20 to 30 minutes.

3. Inconsistency

You lead a busy life—so you likely try to get sleep whenever you can. For example, you may only get 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night during the week, so to make up for it you sleep as much as possible on the weekends. Or perhaps you don’t have a set bedtime, so one night you go to bed at 10 p.m., and the next night at 1 a.m.

An inconsistent sleep schedule can wreak havoc on your ability to both fall asleep and stay asleep. So your best bet when it comes to getting good sleep is to establish a regular time for both going to bed at night and waking up in the morning.

If you are constantly making any of the above sleep mistakes, you can begin by cutting one mistake out of your life at a time. As you do so, you will likely find that you wake up feeling more refreshed and ready for your day. Have other sleep methods? Drop them in the comments below!