I know we've touched on this topic several times in the forums, but with so many new members, I think its something we can bring up again.
I think most of us understand the physical aspect of what chronic pain can do. And just to be clear, I am talking more than just the text book definition of chronic pain, I am talking about people that live this for years.
The emotional aspect, well, that can be much more difficult.
We may not be the best judges of our actions and not being that objective. When you are dealing with pain and everything that is associated with it, your mind can easily be clouded and block out what may seem to be the norm.
Relationships suffer, people can get depressed, so much can happen and much of it is not positive.
Thats why I have always believed that people who live in chronic pain become strong people. We may not start out that way, we may be depressed at first, angry at things, who knows, but in time, we realize what is important and what is not.
It always bothers me when I read a post about a relationship that goes sour because one of the people involved is a chronic pain sufferer. How can you reach out to someone who has no idea what that is about? Can you explain it to them?
And then on the flip side, how can a chronic pain patient understand all what their loved ones have to go through.
There are sacrifices, some very big, some easy to cope with.
We basically all understand when its time to see doctors that deal with our physical pain, but do we always understand when its time to seek out professionals that can help us with the emotional strains and pressures?
That to me, is the more difficult to approach.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences