If you or someone you know has chronic pain, you may notice irritability, anger, depression and difficulty concentrating. The psychological side effects of living with chronic pain can be as debilitating as the pain itself. This is what makes chronic pain such a complex condition.
Management for chronic pain disorders requires a multidisciplinary approach that involves assessing physical, psychological, environmental or social factors that influence your pain. Each of these areas need to be supported and treated to achieve positive outcomes.
Finding a supportive GP is a good start. A treatment plan with a holistic approach may include physiotherapy and supervised exercises routines, and psychological counselling and support. There are also pain management clinics and pain support groups. It is really important not to isolate from others.
As chronic pain can impact on all aspects of life and wellbeing even small changes may make a difference. Adequate sleep, nutrition, social interaction, and meditation may be beneficial.