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Chronic pain is a debilitating condition. Often, it can feel like it’s taking over your life. Watching your loved one suffer from chronic pain can be hard as well. People often wish they could do something to help. But how should one go about doing it?
Here are 5 ways you can help your loved one with chronic pain:
1. Educate yourself on their pain
If your loved one is suffering from chronic pain, it is essential to educate yourself on exactly how their pain manifests. Fibromyalgia, for example, behaves differently than Neuropathic Pain Syndrome, which differs from diabetic foot pain. If you know where their pain is coming from and can understand how it works, you are better equipped to helping them when a pain storm hits.
2. Look for non-verbal cues
People suffering from chronic pain may hide it from their loved ones, especially if they don’t want to feel like a burden. Recognize this, and watch for cues that they might be suffering. Some common signs of hidden pain include suddenly holding their body rigidly, holding their breath or suddenly going quiet. Watch for warning signs of a pain storm, and let your loved one know you’re there to help.
3. Plan fun activities that accommodate their limitations
Be cognizant of what fun looks like for your loved one who now must accommodate their pain. With chronic pain, there is no way to tell how movements that caused no pain before might be affected now. Recognize this, and plan for a fun day that keeps their needs and limitations in mind.
4. Recognize and believe in their pain
Chronic pain sufferers often worry that they will be seen as attention-seeking or overly sensitive. So, it’s important to show that you believe that their pain is real. No one wants to suffer, especially not alone or in silence. By showing your support and listening to them, you can help ease this burden.
5. Be patient and respectful
Chronic pain can flare up at any time, without warning. Check with your loved one by asking how their pain is on the 1-10 scale, and respecting their limitations for the day. Practice empathy and patience when episodes occur. You can also help by having an established game plan for flare ups, such as transportation, or other support on hand at all times.
If you or a loved one are suffering from chronic pain, consider consulting experts like the team at Comprehensive Pain Management in Corpus Christi.
The staff at Comprehensive Pain Management is dedicated to providing pain relief to patients by relying on a spectrum of interventional pain management techniques in a compassionate, caring and comfortable environment.
Visit the Comprehensive Pain Management website for more resources. You can learn about the common conditions they treat and the non-invasive treatments that are available to manage pain. Call 361-882-4452 to schedule an appointment or send a question to them using their online form.
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