Chronic Pain triggers to watch out for
People living with chronic pain know first-hand, its debilitating effects. They may not realize what common triggers aggravate their health conditions or what triggers the onset of their pain. Are you a victim of chronic pain? You may find it enlightening and beneficial to keep “a pain journal.” Knowledge and awareness are powerful tools in pain management. Pain management is not simply the act of controlling your pain. Pain management is a comprehensive process, which includes learning and application procedures.
- Learn what parts of your life you can control.
- Learn the different ways you can control your life.
- Using this knowledge and taking control of you life.
- Understanding what areas of your life you cannot control.
- Learn to accept this fact and keep a positive attitude.
- Learn how to cope with chronic illness and chronic pain in your life
- Use coping strategies to minimize pain; avoid stress, depression, and frustration.
Cause and Affect
People with chronic illnesses often experience chronic pain. Typically, they may have two or more conditions simultaneously; either or both of these can result in intense pain. Physiological and psychological conditions co-exist in many people. A person with diabetes may also suffer with neuropathy and depression, at the same time.
Various psychological and physiological conditions have overlapping characteristics; they can be the cause and or the effect. This chart will help you understand the cycle of pain that is so destructive and complex. Each of these triggers, effects, and problems promotes each other.
|Emotions=anger, worry, irritable, depressed||Head pain, abdominal pain, intestinal pain, back pain, overall body pain||Sleeping, eating, relationships, job performance, weight gain, weight loss, fatigue|
|Sleep=too little, too much, interrupted, improper position||Overall body pain, fatigue, back pain, neck pain, head pain, stress, emotions, eating||Elevated blood pressure, cholesterol imbalance|
|Activity=too much, too little, fail to warm-up||Body injuries, chronic pain||Sleep, eating, job performance, emotions, stress, relationships|
|Eating=too much, too little, unhealthy||Head pain, abdominal pain, intestinal pain, stress, fatigue||Sleep, emotions, weight gain, weight loss|
|Stress||Overall body pain, emotions, job performance||Eating, sleeping, negative attitude, weight gain, weight loss|
Pain Stop Clinics throughout Arizona recognize these alarming facts. These dedicated specialists understand the complex nature of pain, its numerous, duplicate causes and affects. Our specialists will help you understand the characteristics of your pain; and how to successfully manage it.