Chronic pain is an ailment like no other. When you break your leg, it is obvious that your leg is broken and you cannot walk. If you were to be severely burnt, the pain that it caused is apparent; this is not so with chronic pain. You would probably never identify a chronic pain patient by glancing at them, which is why it is so hard for many people to understand their ailment. This lack of understanding can lead to common misconceptions that can be to the detriment of the patient. If nothing else, understand these three things about chronic pain patients.
There’s a Difference Between Happy and Healthy
Chronic pain patients have likely been living with such pain for some time; not weeks or months, but years.The unshakeable pain weighs heavily on the psyche and can cause patients to become extremely emotional. It’s irritating and discouraging to live with chronic back pain. If a chronic pain patient was to show how they were feeling at all times, many people would probably choose to steer clear.
Giving off a happy persona can be just enough to get them through the day, but that does not mean that they are physically feeling better. Rather than commenting that they seem as if they are feeling better, simply be that companion they need to maintain a positive outlook.
“Getting Out and Doing Things” is Not a Cure
From the outside looking in, it may seem as if a person living with chronic back pain is simply depressed. They spend ample time resting up and avoiding any physical activity that can trigger their chronic pain. An uninformed friend or family member may suggest that an individual ‘get out and do things’ to improve their mood. It is understood that this is suggested with the best of intentions, but can have an adverse effect.
Many things they wish they could do, they cannot and suggesting they should get out and get active simply reminds them of that. This can cause a chronic pain patient to have an emotional break down or even avoid talking to you. Instead, sit down and talk with them, and not about their pain but just everyday things. They may have other physical limitations, but their mouths work perfectly fine.
Chronic Pain is Variable
An individual with chronic pain can feel different from day to day. Some days their pain may not be as profound, resulting in a positive mood and a feeling of increased mobility. On other days, the pain can be unbearable and even getting out of bed can seem like a daunting task. It is important that you are aware of this and take it into consideration. Their varying pain can be the reason why they show up late to an event or have to cancel altogether. Chronic pain patients take everything day by day and while they try and lead normal lives, it can be seemingly impossible.
If you know anyone suffering from the effects of chronic pain, give them some quality advice by suggesting Garden State Pain Control as a source of relief. Our experienced pain experts can analyze their specific ailments and pursue minimally invasive treatment options. Life without chronic pain is a possibility. Book an appointment at one of our New Jersey offices today.