Chronic Pain and Your Brain

Despite advances in medicine and technology, chronic pain continues to challenge the skills of doctors. Though chronic pain affects millions of Americans, it’s not well understood. Many attribute this to the fact that the condition often involves both physical and mental symptoms. 

The causes of chronic pain can be likened to the age-old question, “Which came first? The chicken or the egg?” Did pain cause a mental problem such as depression, or did an underlying mental issue make the pain more difficult to deal with? 

Chronic Pain 

Some doctors view pain as the trigger that causes mental issues to either worsen or begin. Because of this they suggest treating the emotional and mental problems, thereby treating the pain. In many cases, coping techniques can be an effective way to lessen the burden that chronic pain has placed on the sufferer. Psychologists suggest that those who suffer from chronic pain: 

  • Participate in cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Learn to meditate
  • Focus on the positive (e.g. “Today, my right knee has no pain!” Instead of “My left knee is killing me.”)

While you can work on many of these suggestions on your own, there may come a point when you need help from a mental health professional and a physician. Many who suffer from chronic pain don’t get the help they need. This can cause a downward spiral of pain, mental anguish and depression. 

We urge you—if you feel that your pain, your sadness, is overwhelming—to seek help now. You do not have to fight this battle alone.

If your pain was caused by an accident, there is a very real chance that you can get the compensation you need to pay for therapies—both mental and physical. Please call 800.860.5801 and schedule your free consultation with an experienced, compassionate personal injury attorney in Newton, PA.