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May 23, 2011 8:25 AM Subscribe
How can I cope emotionally/psychologically with chronic physical pain?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
So, I have several chronic physical illnesses diagnosed by the appropriate medical specialists.
None of them are life-threatening, but they definitely affect my quality of life.
Standing still hurts (at times, badly enough to make me sob, at other times, badly enough to make me scream.)
Having sex hurts. Lying in bed to sleep hurts. Driving hurts. Being a passenger in a car hurts.
Sometimes even eating hurts (intestinal pain.)
Pain medication can only do so much: either it doesn't touch the pain, or it leaves me too mentally foggy to function.
How can I cope with the chronic physical pain?
It makes it really hard to enjoy activities, knowing that even if I'm fortunate enough to be low-pain right this minute, I will get a pain-payback 15 to 60 minutes after I stop the activity.
The more physically active I am, the more pain that I have, so sometimes it feels as though I'm being punished for being active and doing things.
and then there are the really bad pain days, when I get dehydrated because standing up to get a drink of water hurts too much...
I have an appointment with a psychologist who specialises in chronic pain management.
But that's in about two months (they have a long waiting list), and two months is a long time when you're in pain every day,
so in the meantime, I thought I would see what Ask Metafilter suggested...
Thank you in advance!