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July 24th, 2018 12:00am
Chronic pain is any pain that lasts longer than the normal amount of time it takes for an injury or illness to heal. Research shows that 30 to 50 percent of people who deal with chronic pain also struggle with depression.1
It is often hard to determine if depression stems from chronic pain or if chronic pain is a side effect of depression. People who suffer from chronic pain are three times more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety or depression than those without pain.2
Chronic pain can lead to increased stress, trouble sleeping and feelings of guilt and worthlessness, all of which are associated with depression. In turn, depression frequently causes unexplained pain like headaches and back pain. People who suffer from depression might also struggle to maintain or improve physical health, which can increase their pain levels in the long run.
Chronic pain is more than a physical condition – it deeply affects emotions, thoughts and moods. People who deal with chronic pain often isolate themselves from others due to lack of mobility. This gradual separation from friends and hobbies then further feeds into depressive symptoms.
Approximately half of people who suffer from depression only report their physical symptoms to their doctor.2 Since the combination of chronic pain and depression makes treating each individual condition more difficult, it is best to consider both when evaluating treatment options. According to the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), you may be suffering from depression in addition to chronic pain if you experience:3
|Changes in appetite||Lack of interest in activities|
|Irregular sleep patterns||Low energy|
|Feelings of despair and guilt||Trouble concentrating|
Since treatment plans work best when chronic pain and depression are tackled together, assembling a well-rounded care team is crucial. Important people to have on this team are a:4
There are many treatment options that can provide relief from chronic pain and depression. Some include:
If you think that you suffer from depression caused by chronic pain, be honest with your doctor. Just because pain is invisible doesn’t mean it isn’t real and can’t be treated. We recognize that chronic pain is a multidimensional issue that impacts daily life on every level.
Recovia offers an outpatient chronic pain program that is designed to help you navigate different methods of pain management so you can craft a more natural and long-term pain plan. Since your body and brain are intertwined, we provide a comprehensive treatment plan to restore both.
Call our specialists today at 480-712-4600 or contact us online to begin your journey to recovery.
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