If your chronic pain has changed your mood, your mindset, and your overall outlook, you are not alone. Research suggests that an estimated 30-50% of chronic pain patients also suffer from depression and anxiety, and for justifiable reasons.
Chronic Pain Isn’t Just a Physical Condition
Simply put, chronic pain isn’t just a physical condition; it’s an emotion condition as well. Chronic pain has a significant influence on your ability to enjoy your everyday life and participate in daily activities. The result is a collection of factors that can easily lead to a mood disorder or psychological condition.
There are several reasons why chronic pain and depression are linked, but there are a few significant contributors to this connection, which includes the following:
- A decrease in sleep, or a decrease in the quality of sleep
- A decrease in physical exercise and active lifestyle
- Fear and frustration about chronic pain, which heightens as the condition continues
- Guilt at an inability to do activities and work that the patient used to enjoy
- Guilt at moodiness and inactivity, and how it affects loved ones
- Feeling of hopelessness when there is not an apparent cure or concrete way to address the situation
Does any of the above sound familiar? If you’re dealing with both chronic pain and depression, then the chances are that these contributors apply to you.
Chronic pain essentially leads to depression in two distinct ways. There’s the physical toll that stems from a lack of sleep and a reduction in activity.
And then there’s the mental toll that comes from living with pain on a long-term basis. You feel bad about your inactivity and how your condition affects your loved ones, and you feel hopeless that there doesn’t seem to be an immediate way to mitigate the pain.
How to Move Forward
If you fear that you suffer from chronic pain and depression, then consider the following ways that you can address these linked conditions:
See an Interventional Pain Management Specialist as Soon as Possible
An interventional pain management specialist can get to the root cause of your chronic pain, and offer effective treatments that work, and that can get you back to your old self, faster.
Talk to a Counselor or Therapist to Talk About Your Pain
You may not always feel comfortable talking with family members, friends, or co-workers about your condition. Seeking a counselor or therapist that has experience dealing with chronic pain patients can allow you to vent your frustrations and share your concerns in a safe setting.
Join a Support Group
Remember, you are not alone! Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. As a result, there are several online and in-person support groups available so you can talk to folks who are going through the same things that you are.
Contact Us Today
Remember, above all else that you don’t just have to live with your pain. Schedule your appointment with an experienced interventional pain management specialist today and take the first steps of getting back to your regular, happy self.