I think that anyone that has dealt with chronic pain for any length of time can verify that at some point during that time there was additional amount of stress placed on their relationship, be it: spouse, significant other, family or friends.
Dealing with the pain and suffering that goes with it is one thing, and many times only people who live it understand it.
But just think about the additional stress and strain that does place on your relationships. I am not referring to them understanding your pain and what you are going through, but what they have to deal with. I know personally, that any time I have be laid up or semi-laid up due to spinal problems, life still goes on and it is my wife primarily who has to pick up the slack. So besides what she already does in a 60 hour work week, she then has to come home and do the things I cant do.
That is a physical and emotional strain by anyone's standards.
So many times in these forums we read topics about how my wife doesnt understand me, my kids doe support me, etc.... All negative things about the others and what they are NOT doing for us.
Once in a while its good to look at it from the other way.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences