#1: Staying Active
When you suffer from chronic back pain, it can be hard to just get out of bed in the morning. Many do not understand that simple daily chores and tasks can be almost impossible when chronic back pain hits. Staying active is usually the last thought in your mind when doing something as menial as the dishes feels impossible. The inability to stay active can have detrimental effects on your health, well-being, and your confidence. People who have never suffered from chronic pain may not understand just how hard it is to be active with the pain weighing you down. This barrier can cause friction in personal relationships and make you feel alone, frustrated and misunderstood.
#3: Family & Relationships:
In addition to friends and family not understanding your pain, it can be hard to maintain relationships when you are suffering daily. Intimacy is generally one of the first things affected by chronic pain. Physical intimacy can be nearly impossible when you are suffering from back pain, and your partner may not understand the severity, or heart of the issue which can further drive a wedge between the relationship. Friendships can suffer as well. When pain hits, it is hard to get off of the couch, let alone go out with friends. When you are cancelling plans more than you are keeping them, it can begin to feel like chronic pain is ruling your life. That loss of control and friction in your relationships can begin having negative effects on your mental state.