Coping with Chronic Pain

There is a reciprocal relationship between physical health and behavioral health. For instance, studies have demonstrated that individuals suffering from daily pain are at risk of developing depression. Studies have also demonstrated that longstanding depression can result in an increase sensitivity to pain and an increase risk of having chronic pain.

Individuals suffering from a physical ailments that results in chronic pain should work with their primary care provider or medical specialist to ensure that they receive the care they require. At the same time, by understanding the reciprocal relationship between physical and psychological wellbeing and the influence of environmental factors, individuals can gain greater control over their pain and improve their quality of life.

How do you experience pain?

  1. Do you suffer from arthritis or other pain disorders?
  2. Do you become depressed or feel helpless due to feeling pain or limited in your functioning?
  3. Do you worry that you will be a burden to or dependent on others because of your pain?
  4. Do you worry about how you will feel when you wake up tomorrow and how you will make it through the day?
  5. Do you desire to feel functional and become productive?
  6. Do you worry about how others will view you because you have arthritis or another pain disorder?
  7. Do you worry that you will lose your job or, if unemployed, unable to find work because of you pain?
  8. Do you desire to feel good about yourself, your relationship with others, and your world?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, then know that you are among the many individuals who do not want to feel held back by their pain, want to feel as functional and independent as they can possibly be, and want to have a good quality of life. 

I can help you to achieve these well-desired goals!

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