I never thought that pain would affect relationships the way they have since my car accident.

Eventually, the pain that you experience on a daily basis reaches over into your personal relationships with coworkers, family, and friends. The physical limitations that develop, as well as experiencing pain can limit one’s ability to interact and empathize with others. The other relationships may have a difficult time understanding why. This can lead to interruptions in your social life, causing you to be more inclined to stay at home instead of going out in public. This causes isolation and guilt. It can also interfere with sexual relationships, household or on-the-job tasks, parenting, and interacting with children.

My experience with living with pain has taught me that “living with chronic pain” is a constant battle to fight the physical discomfort as well as the mental and emotional side effects it causes. Trying to conquer all symptoms at once can seem overwhelming. But with support of family, friends, and the proper medical care, hope for a life with less pain is possible. Of course, only if you have the support of family, friends, and medical care. Ask your primary care doctor about being referred to a pain clinic about prescription pain medications. It is important to use a variety of pain interventions including pain medications. This can provide enough relief to maintain regular sleep habits and re-engage in everyday tasks individually or with friends and family. You can also look into available support groups or therapy for emotional encouragement, and reach out to family, friends and acquaintances for means of support.

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