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I am sure by now, you have read many of my comments about this as well as read for all of my moderators and so many other people that talk about how difficult emotional problems are.
In many ways, there is always a pill that you cant take to help with your physical pain. And please, I am not talking the amount of opioids not being enough or anything about that subject. I am just saying physical pain always has an out.
Not true with emotional pain. First of all, the person must realize by themselves that they have an emotional issue about their pain. It could be family matters, job matters, income, etc There are so many different parts of life that can become difficult for a person in chronic pain. We can tell the person to seek help, we can suggest that they need to look beyond the physical pain. I know we have done this many times with members here. I know many other members have also suggested this. And I read about how much benefits members have received by seeing a counselor. But does it happen?
One of the problems is that the word counselor, psychologists., etc.. People feel that is a bad term, makes them weak, makes them think that other people will think less of them. They think about this and the word Shrink comes into their mind. And we know that that term does have its negative overtones.
When you are weak from physical pain, that becomes draining. It drains and saps so much out of you. You begin to lose patience, your tolerance level has changed, you entire outlook on life may be different now. All the opioids and other spinal medications are not going to correct that. You need to work with medical professionals who deal specifically wit these issues.
I have commented to some members about seeing a pain counselor. They quickly come back and said, Oh Yes, I saw one, didnt help. To me, that says they really didnt see anyone or if they did, they didnt like what they heard and quickly dismissed them.
I know this is a medical Spinal site, with a primary objective is to provide as much accurate medical details about conditions, diagnosis and treatments. While Veritas-Health does talk about depression and coping, I really believe more attention needs to be focused there. Not only by the site, but by all of us
Im never afraid or embarrassed to talk about counseling, I've been there, I know how much it can helps. So many others have been that same route. I think one of the better pieces of support I find here are from the members themselves. So, its not like you are hearing just from the moderators, (cause so may believe we have to say those things)
But when valued members such as n2braves (Cindy) talks about the benefits of counseling, I always hope that people listen and listen carefully.
Seeking help that is beyond physical assistance should never be looked at as being weak. In fact, I think that the people who will seek out counseling are Stronger people.