5 thoughts on “Chronic Pain and Depression

  • October 15, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I have a friend with bipolar who’s recently been diagnosed with fibro. Not just fibro, but as one doctor told her, “the worst case of fibro he’s ever seen.” I cannot begin to understand her 24/7 pain that she is learning to deal with while she tries to live her life at the same time.

    EXCELLENT article. Of course, I’ve just sent her the link!

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  • October 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    My wife has been dealing with chronic pain for nearly her entire life. She has had so many diagnosis of what it is (fibro being one of them) but hadn’t gotten a lot of relief. After awhile the doctors gave up trying to figure out what the problem is and just threw up their hands and told her its all in our head. This has had a serious effect on her mental state and she suffers from depression. Whenever I have some kind of pain I’m a little baby about it, but I feel guilty about complaining because I know what she goes through is so much worse. I tell her that I think she is amazing and resilient for coping with her pain every day. She doesn’t think she is amazing, her response is generally “What choice do I have? Its either push through or give up.” Giving up to her is generally wasting away on the couch, substance abuse, or suicide. It’s that reason why I tell her I think she is amazing for continuing to fight.

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  • October 18, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I work as a physiotherapist and spend quite a bit of time with people who have chronic pain. It’s a really challenging thing to deal with . One thing to remember us that pain is experienced in the brain and that moving your body and feeling pain doesn’t mean that movement us harming you . The brain becomes used to pain being present and so misinterprets movement as pain .much as a fawlty car alarm or burglar alarm will go off for no apparent reason.If you can keep putting in stimulation via movement ,your brain will eventually retire itself and the pain may well subside . You will certainly be less restricted and have more confidence in yourself as well . All of which will help mood disorders.

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    • October 21, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Hi Mem

      Thank you for reading and responding.

      I have never thought of pain that way, what a great analogy. I could imagine how difficult it is to work with. Thank you for what you do.

      Best,
      Nicole

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  • February 24, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Hi, I do have chronic pain that increased subsequent to miss diagnosis and denial of treatment by the insurer..sure there is a lot of fraud, but for us patients that do have a valid claim, the system is very slow sometimes and we don’t have a default fall back other than disconnected legal system.
    I was lucky enough to find after about one year without competebtvtreatment and while suffering excruciating pain due to occipital neuralgua, think had trigeminal too, but anyway, to find a great anesthesiologist at university of MD that saved my life…and I am not saying lightly…
    By that time I had learned to try to survive my reading and executing materials about mind exercise to try to ignore pain. We control our mind, our mind does not control us, so with this knowledge, I went to work, and it worked some! By forcing myself to do daily positive affirmations, I made myself believe I was going to get better, and I did subsequently do my part into lighting up my psych that helps anyone recovery. Havibg a negative outlook is justified when you are constantly under pain, but if we surround ourselves with positive people and read the right materials, it’s possible to survive this ordeal. I have a word to medical staff and patients (because I was missdiagnosed) if your pain is only in one side of your budy, demand functional MRI or EEG, EMG to map out the budy area correspondent to your brain waves..this is not rocket science, because the technology is available for over 10 years…you do the baseline deal, but you must take measurements when moving each side of your body to see of the signal is the same …a lot of of neuro doctors don’t know this simple principle, and maybe it’s a business issue too, but it’s crazy how the patients keep being bounced around like puppets in pain, without competent treatment…sure there are brilliant doctors too, and I thank mine…but if everyone knew the mistakes folks in charge of neurology do in some hospitals, thsee people would be fired right away…these days technology is everywhere…want to play w eeg or ekg? Backyardbrains.com has some, as so many other sites…

    Bottom line, practice positive affirmations and don’t stop untill you get the treatment you deserve!

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