Experiencing constant or long-term pain in our daily lives is a heavy burden. Living with chronic or long-term pain is a tremendous burden. Depression magnifies pain. It is more difficult to endure with everyday life. However, depression and chronic pain are separable. There are effective pain managements and treatments that can help relieve the pain and the depression to make it much more tolerable. What about Depression? Depression is one of the most common psychological issues facing people who suffer from chronic pain, and it often complicates the patient’s conditions and treatment. Depression in patients with chronic pain sometimes goes undiagnosed or untreated. The Cycle Pain provokes an emotional response in everyone. Experiencing pain may cause high anxiety, agitation, and lack of focus. Normally, as pain subsides, so does the stressful response. But with chronic pain, you may feel constantly tense and stressed.
Over time, the constant stress can result in different emotional problems associated with depression. Some of the problems individuals with both chronic pain and depression have include but is not limited to: financial concerns, irritability, legal issues, reduced sexual activities, sleep disturbances, social isolation, weight gain or loss, work issues, altered mood, anger, chronic anxiety, confusion, decreased self-esteem, family stress, fatigue, and fear of injury. Get Some Exercise A mistake that most people with chronic pain do is that they avoid exercise completely. However, with the lack of exercise you get out of shape and have an increased risk of injury and worsened pain. So go out and exercise. It also helps ease depression by releasing the same kind of brain chemicals that antidepressant medications release. More exercise = more happy brain chemicals. Live in the moment Chronic pain affects the way you live your life, the way you work, and how you play. This can change how you see yourself – often for the worse as you feel victimized by the pain and depression. Getting busy and taking control of your life is important. So go out and enjoy the little things that life has to offer! Take up a sport or a new hobby and always think positive thoughts! For more information about treatments for chronic pain and how you can help avoid falling into depression please contact us.