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Chronic Pain and Depression

April 15, 2016

No one likes having to deal with pain. In a world where just about everything can be solved or has an endpoint, pain which goes on and on is certainly not welcome. Chronic pain is not good for your mental health and overall state of being. In fact, it can make things decidedly worse.

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is any pain that lasts longer than usual. You could almost compare it to an endless toothache. Long after an injury or problem has healed, the pain continues. It may cut into your daily life in that you begin doing things differently, or stop doing things altogether. Because all you’re looking for is pain relief, if not diagnosed and treated properly, chronic pain can often lead to substance abuse.

Your body will react in different ways with chronic pain. Chronic pain is characterized by low energy, muscle pain, abnormalities in brain hormones, mood disorders, and impaired physical and mental performance. As neurochemical changes in your body take place, chronic pain worsens.

This leads to pain in other parts of your body, where once you may have never experienced pain. Chronic pain leads to not being able to sleep at night, which means that during the day you are tired don’t feel like doing much of anything. Where once you had great enthusiasm for the day, now nothing matters because you don’t have the energy to deal with anything but the pain.

Depression can set in. If your chronic pain has led to depression, know one thing: you’re in good company and there are treatments available to help you.

Neurotransmitters in your brain, the brain chemicals that act as messengers between nerves, are shared by both depression and chronic pain. That includes some of the pathways in the brain and spinal cord as well. It’s no wonder that chronic pain can lead to a feeling of depression.

Think of depression as a magnifying glass. It’s bad enough coping with chronic pain, and depression only magnifies the pain you have. Given enough time, many things start to be affected: relationships, your job, hobbies, and your social network, whereby daily living becomes a chore.

Here’s the good news: because chronic pain and depression are so closely linked, there is pain relief, and they are treated together. It just makes sense doesn’t it, to treat the whole condition and not just a piece of it?

If you have chronic pain which has led to depression, know that pain management in Phoenix has the cure for you. Don’t make pain a part of your life. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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