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The emotional impact fo pain..

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Matters of the Heart
I posted in chronic pain about my experience of untreated pain but I only talked about the physical aspect. The emotional toll on me and my relationships were horrible. I slowly withdrew into myself cutting off everyone even my children ages 24 and 26. My wife stood by me and suffered with me. Six months passed before I reached out for help. I remembered a book I bought years back on anxiety and panic attacks. I started again practicing the relaxation techniques,breathing exercises,and cognitive reasoning skills that had got me through emotional dilemas. I sought counceling and prayed alot. In an attempt to protect my children by not telling them what I was going through they were left confused and hurt. What a shame! Now they understand but worry about dad, and that is OK. With untreated or undertreated pain I've learned this is a common occurence, along with a distrust for physicians. This goes with my other post in chroic pain "first do no harm" for peple like me that are new to this need the tools and education to deal with all that it intails. My last words "Docs get these people into a comprehensive PM program that includes psych counceling please!" Rant over sorry so long. peace Michael
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  • Deep and compelling......... >:D<

    My boys worried about me too because I never wanted to tell them "mom" was hurting or sick,so when I finally did..they thought the worst.I found it to be a fault of mine that I always covered up and tried to be strong..then even a small thing like me getting a cold would scare them b/c they were not used to seeing me less than the same,normal,never sick.

    It didn't help that I was a single mom when they were only 6&9 and at that age,you know-kids think their parents know everything and can fix everything.They were scared enough~I know that I overcompensated in so many ways.

    Old habits die hard they say and I find myself,if not trying to really be strong~maybe just not saying a lot that maybe I would have otherwise..had I not become so entwined in this habit that it became a part of my personality. :S

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