What It’s Like Living with Chronic Pain and How to Cope

Everybody experiences pain from time to time, both physical and emotional. But those living with chronic physical pain suffer greatly from the disorder.

Chronic pain is when your pain signals within your nervous system keep firing for days, months and even many years. Acute pain is more intense but has a starting and stopping point, unlike lingering chronic pain.  Compare the pain you may experience while at the dentists’ office to the long-term pain of a toothache to get an idea of the difference between acute and chronic pain.

Some people don’t understand the patient’s problem and sometimes call them lazy or dramatic, only increasing the person’s upset.  To help you better understand this pervasive condition here is some chronic pain sufferers description of their daily physical pain.

 

Since my pain in neurological, it is like shaking up a fizzy soda and but not opening it and keeping the cap on instead. The pressure inside the can is what it feels like my head every day.

John P
Boston, MA

 

Since 2001 I don’t know what it feels like not to be in pain, to have a good night’s restful sleep or to go through my daily activities without wincing pain.  On really bad days I cannot even brush my teeth because it is agonizingly painful

Sally W
Los Angeles, CA

 

I describe my pain like this, imagine if somebody hit you with a hard rubber mallet in every joint, repeatedly every hour every day.  This is my life for most of the time.

Claire L.
Detroit, Michigan

 

My pain is like the most annoying person in your life nagging you constantly and never going away. No matter how much I tell them to leave or try to ignore them.

Bob W
Palm Beach, Florida

hope for pain sufferers

How to Cope and Live with Chronic Pain Successfully

There are proven methods that can help the chronic pain sufferer to have a better quality of life.  If you have low back pain, you may get pain relief from the Unlock Your Hip Flexors program.

Ways to Ease Your Chronic Pain and Live Life

  1. Join a support group for chronic pain sufferers. Talking and connecting can ease the stress and you may new friends too!
  2. Track our level of pain and activities daily. Take this log to your doctor or occupational therapist to brainstorm some ways to ease your discomfort.
  3. Get a massage which has been proven to give chronic pain relief since it feels so good.
  4. Reduce your alcohol intake because it can make your sleep problems worse.
  5. Get natural pain relief by exercising and releasing endorphins.
  6. Reduce the stress in your life because it intensifies chronic pain.
  7. Eat healthy to improve your overall health which will ease your suffering
  8. Find distractions so you can enjoy your life more fully