4 Effects Of Chronic Pain Only Someone With Back Pain Will Understand

by | Apr 5, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve been suffering from chronic back pain, you know the detrimental effect it can have on your life. Chronic pain can make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, let alone do all of the things you need and want to do with your day. Perhaps the worst part is feeling alone in the severity of the pain. People who do not have chronic pain may not understand all the ways it affects your life.

#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.

#2: Your Job

Getting to work in the morning is hard as it is,  but trying to focus on your work while dealing with chronic pain is almost impossible. The inability to sit comfortably through meetings could be just the beginning of your hardships. Co-workers may notice your lessened job performance, but may not understand the severity of the pain you are dealing with which can make you feel judged and misunderstood. Work can begin to pile up, just adding to the stress you already feel.

“Work is a big challenge for people with chronic pain. Some keep working at all costs—even at the expense of their health and relationships,” said the American Chronic Pain Association. “Trying to find a balance between a job and taking care of yourself can be challenging. But the financial and emotional impact of losing a job because of chronic pain can be devastating.”

#4: Your Mental State:

The most dangerous effect of Chronic Back Pain is the effect it can have on your mental and emotional state.

“It can have a profound effect on your mood, and just about every other part of your life,” said WebMD. “The physical and emotional toll of living in constant pain leads nearly a third of people with chronic pain to become clinically depressed. Stress and pain can turn into an inescapable cycle. You’re in pain, so you feel stressed and anxious. Stress can cause your muscles to tense up, which ratchets up the pain even more.”

Perhaps the worst part about chronic back pain is how it can make you feel like you are no longer in control of your own life. The pain affects your health, relationships, job performance and friendships and it can begin to feel hopeless. Thankfully, new, non-pharmaceutical treatment options are becoming available every day helping thousands stop their chronic pain and regain control of their lives. Take the first step to ending your chronic pain once and for all and sign up for a complimentary consultation with our team. We understand, and we’re here to help.


Dr. Steven Joseph

Longmont Spine and Physical Medicine offers Laser therapy and non-invasive medical procedures for a wide range of medical conditions, including chronic pain and joint injury.