Coping With Chronic Pain: Keeping a Healthy Attitude

There are many ways to treat chronic pain symptoms in patients of ours. Aside from treatments, though, there are ways you can help improve your peace of mind and feelings about pain on your own. One of the simplest ways to do so is to keep a healthy attitude about pain. Believe it or not, this has been shown to actually reduce the feelings of pain in some patients.

Here is a quick bit of information on how you can begin prepping yourself and training your mind to better deal with pain.

positive outlook to cope with chronic pain

How does your attitude affect your health?

Having a positive attitude is good for your health.

Positive attitude . can protect you against poor health later on in life and could be a powerful antidote for chronic pain as well as stress and illness.

We aren’t telling you that staying positive is a magical cure to pain.  That isn’t the case. We can, however, tell you that evidence shows it chances odds of getting a disease or dying young.

The question of course remains – how do you develop a positive attitude?

Developing a positive attitude

You’re going to have good days and bad days with chronic pain; everyone does. If you are having one of your bad days, try to keep your mind on the good times, good feelings, experiences, and people that you love.

Chronic illness or pain can degrade mental health. They can also lead to issues like depression, anxiety, and feelings of hopelessness. It is important for you and your family to recognize symptoms. If you feel your emotional health is diminishing, you need to take action.

Come up with a strategy

Depression is common among those suffering from chronic pain. Thoughts of suicide sometimes come along with that. It is good for you to create a strategy to get you through when the times are hard.

The best way to cope with depression that comes from your chronic pain is to just be open about it. Let family and friends know when you are not feeling well and that you might need a little extra attention. People who care about you will be happy to help you through these rough times.

Find a hobby

become involved with something you enjoy. There are thousands of things out there for you to get interested and involved with. The group of people you meet as you develop will be a great network to keep you feeling good through the tough times.

You can get into painting, writing, gaming, or hundreds of other things. Let us know what you come up with!

Having a hobby you can be passionate about will help you develop a sense of purpose.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Sleep, exercise, and healthy foods are all the more important when dealing with chronic pain. Many patients are able to reduce or eliminate their pain simply by improving the way they are living.

Chronic pain often causes people to lead a more sedentary lifestyle, especially when dealing with leg pain. Being sedentary can lead to other health issues long term like vein disease. Inactivity heightens the risk for these issues.

Deal with a good pain doctor

Chronic pain as a whole is still not well understood.

There are even physicians who will lean towards believing it is all in the head of a patient or that they are just claiming they are in pain to receive workmen’s comp. A doctor who does not have a full understanding of chronic pain will not see your issues as anything other than psychological. This can lead to treatment or medications that you do not need.

Doctors like VK Puppala and those specialized in the treatment of chronic pain are ones you should seek out in your community. If you happen to be in the Atlanta region, you can get in touch with us any time.

Summary

The loss of independence is not something that is easy to deal with for anyone. If you have ever broken a bone that caused you to be handicapped for a period of time, you know what this feels like. It is hard for people to cope with this change in their lifestyle. Surround yourself with a team of people who are going to help you through these tough times.

Remember that bad day are temporary. Learn to expect to have good days more than bad. Try displaying a positive attitude as much as you can. The moods of other people around you and the challenges of life will seem less daunting when you maintain a healthy outlook and a positive attitude.

Thanks for reading,

2018-11-19T19:56:45+00:00