The experience of pain is universal, and it is designed to be an important and natural function of our bodies. Normally, pain is warning us of a problem in need of attention. It can motivate us to quickly address concerns ranging from headaches to kidney stones to a heart attack. However, when pain becomes chronic, persisting despite recovery from the initial cause, this once helpful body function can often evolve into a debilitating way of living.
Chronic pain is any pain that persists for longer than twelve weeks or longer than the usual and expected recovery time for a specific illness. Chronic pain usually occurs alongside other prolonged illnesses such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. This type of pain can be intermittent but more typically it exists in a continuous state with numerous “flare-ups”, leading to significant reduction in activity.
Pain can become so severe or persistent that it significantly impacts a person’s emotional and social life. Frustration, sleeplessness and depression frequently set in, producing social isolation, anxiety, despair and a decreasing motivation for physical activity. The combination of each of these issues results in increased personal distress and ultimately a more intense experience of pain.
Since chronic pain involves all aspects of a person’s life, it is necessary to take a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to effectively treat and manage chronic pain and its related issues. At Directions Counseling Group we will work with your medical physician in treating the psychological and social aspects of chronic pain along with other co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety. Our goal is to help you return to your highest level of functioning and independence, while improving your overall life satisfaction. If you or someone you love is struggling with chronic pain, call us today.