Having chronic pain can take an emotional toll on a person, as well as a physical one.
Suffering from chronic pain can lead a person to feel alone and oftentimes, depressed.
Even those who have a great support system of family, friends, and doctors tend to feel like they have no one to talk to because those close to them do not understand what it is like to endure chronic pain.
This is why the emergence of chronic pain support groups have been beneficial. You can speak with others that are experiencing similar feelings, and be in an environment where your pain is understood, and supported by others in the same boat.
Here are a few benefits of chronic pain support groups, and a few reasons why joining one might be good for your health:
Demolish Loneliness: If you are tired of explaining your pain to others who just do not understand, a supportive group of others that do understand might be what you need. At a support group, when you explain the pain you feel, everyone else is going through the same thing. Loneliness is actually one of the most common side effects of chronic pain, and to help demolish this feeling, speaking with others has been known to help.
Help Yourself, and Others: Helping others can put you in a better mood and if a support group has helped you, you know that there must be others out there who are feeling lonely and misunderstood. By helping those new group attendees, you can actually help yourself by boosting your mood.
Give Advice, Take Advice: Other people that are going through chronic pain may have found out what helps them the most, and you might not have tried it, or had heard of it before. This can occur the other way around as well! Sharing solutions with one another is therapeutic, and can be beneficial to everyone.
Easily Accessible: With the invention of the Internet, you can not only discover groups in your area, but also you can easily access a chronic pain support group at any hour of the day, including the night. If you cannot sleep because you are experiencing chronic pain, you can easily log on to an online forum and see how others suffering have overcome staying awake due to pain.
Receiving support from others might not relieve your long-term chronic pain, but it gives you an outlet to discuss and manage it with others going through the same difficulties. Support groups have been proven to give you hope that you might not have had before. If you suffer from chronic pain, check out online forums or local support groups, and join together with those that are experiencing the same chronic pain that you are, and understand you!
At IMS Pain Management, we want what is best for our patients. That includes what goes on inside and outside of our office, and for our patients, that means at home. If you have questions or would like an evaluation, contact the doctors at IMS Pain Management.