Do you live with chronic pain?
As every pain sufferer knows, chronic pain can affect every aspect of our lives; our emotional health, our family life, our relationships, our social functioning, our ability to cope at work and our financial security.
Some problems that we may experience when living with chronic pain include:
Many chronic pain conditions cannot be cured, but must be managed. Pain management at The Blue Door focuses on the whole person, addressing the impact of the pain on each aspect of our lives. Therapy is tailored to meet the unique needs of each person. Individual sessions may focus on developing effective strategies for managing pain, restoring emotional balance and improving quality of life. Couples sessions are also available for people experiencing relationship problems as a result of their pain.
- Having to change roles at work or being unable to continue at work
- Being unable to do housework or engage in parenting activities
- Being unable to continue hobbies, sports and social activities
- Problems with self care tasks like showering and dressing ourselves
- Taking more and more medication - which seems to do less and less!
- Problems with concentration and remembering things
- Problems with learning new things and solving problems
- Poor motivation, fatigue and lack of energy
- Sleeping difficulties
- Mood swings
- High levels of anxiety and stress
- Irritable mood and anger outbursts over little things
- Feeling hopeless or helpless about the pain
- Losing our confidence when we have to rely on others
- Eating problems and weight gain
- Grief feelings – missing the “old body” and the things it could do, missing our old lives and the activities that we can no longer engage in
- Drinking alcohol or smoking more
- Feeling isolated from other people, who may have difficulty understanding our problems
- Difficulties with sex, intimacy and communication