Managing Your Chronic Pain
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is a type of pain that continues for three months or longer. This type of pain can be intermittent (occurring on and off), vary with intensity and/or be consistent throughout long periods of time.
Chronic pain can be the result of an injury, surgery or disease, although there are also times the cause is unknown. Many individuals continue to experience chronic pain despite successful treatments for the original cause. This occurs in cases of abnormal pain processing where the original cause of pain has been resolved, but the experience of pain persists.
Pain is a very personal experience that cannot be measured by others. In addition, pain is invisible and may not be well understood or accepted by a person’s support network. A lack of support may result in feelings of isolation, despair or resentment. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue impact and aggravate experiences of chronic pain. These negative feelings can increase sensations of pain, causing a continued cycle of pain and emotional/relational difficulties for an individual.
What is Psychoeducation for Pain Management?
Pain Management Psychoeducation is a form of treatment that combines practical information and pain management techniques with emotional support. It includes development of stress management skills and discussion of realistic expectations to improve quality of life.
Our program addresses the psychological component of pain, including attitudes and feelings, coping skills, and gaining a sense of control over one's condition. The productive problem solving skills learned in this program assist in the prevention or minimization of future impact of chronic pain.