Some people with chronic pain experiences emotional reactions similar to those of people who are grieving a loss of some kind. They experiences a variety of social, financial and productivity losses in their life. Grieving for such losses may be a prolonged process since chronic pain typically persists for a lengthy period of time.
Chronic pain sufferers go through a process of grieving, which can leave them feeling socially disoriented and isolated. A chronic pain patient’s experiences physical, emotional, social or financial loss and with each loss there comes a greater sense of grief. The patients lose many of his or her prior roles. There is possible loss of job and the subsequent loss of working environment which is often so important in our society and culture. There is an inevitable shift in family roles because patients may no longer be able to fulfill all the duties and responsibility within the family for which they had been responsible previously. There is also a loss of financial security and hopes of future career goals. There is a decreasing social sphere as the deteriorating health restricts patient’s mobility in society. All these physical and emotional factors aggravate the feelings of grief and guilt.
Many chronic pain patients feel that they are nuisance to other family members and society. As the despair becomes increasingly deep and pervasive, suicidal ideation and thought of committing suicide creeps into the mind of patients.
The patients and the physician must work together to design the best therapy to relieve as much of patients pain and sufferings. It is important for people suffering from chronic pain to find support whether it is from their relatives, a support group or through counseling. Stress management strategies particularly relaxation and meditation or resolution of psychological, social or physical factors that contribute to stress at work at home or work may be very helpful to enable the person to cope better with chronic pain.
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