When you experience physical pain, your body tells you that something isn’t right. Typically, when you don’t feel well, you want to find out the root cause, gain an accurate diagnosis, address the ailment, and receive treatment.
When you consistently deal with chronic pain, you can be left feeling hopeless and depressed. You might also have bouts of anxiety as you think about your condition often. But, many don’t discuss the psychological issues that can come with chronic pain.
Here at University Pain Medicine Center, we’re board-certified physicians who understand how your physical pain can cause mental anguish, which can lead to a debilitating life.
The link between chronic pain and mental health issues
You’re diagnosed with chronic pain when you’ve experienced symptoms for three months or longer that also cause inactivity at home, school, or work.
If you have chronic pain, you’re four times more likely to experience depression and/or anxiety than those who live a pain-free life. It can leave you feeling:
- Worried about flare-ups
You can also have a hard time sleeping, affecting your mood. All of these feelings can leave you desperate for answers. But know that you aren’t alone and that we’re here to help.
Common chronic pain conditions that affect your mental health
The most common conditions that can take a toll on you mentally include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Back and neck pain
- Chronic migraines
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
The list of conditions isn’t limited to what’s above. You can still suffer mentally if you have other types of chronic pain. That’s why you should schedule an appointment with our team for a full evaluation at our practice. We can learn the source of your pain and discuss your whole-body health to help you regain your quality of life.
No two people are alike. Each person’s chronic pain affects each person differently. We consider the pain you’re dealing with and the mental struggles you’re having.
Treatments might include:
- Prescribed antidepressant medications
- Stress-reduction exercises and techniques
- Talk therapy
- Pain rehabilitation
Treatments typically involve a combination of therapies to reduce your pain and provide a way for you to start a healthy mental path.
If you’re in a mental health crisis that needs immediate attention, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 immediately. They’re open 24 hours a day and have the expertise to talk with you at this very moment.
If your pain is causing you to struggle with your mental health, don’t delay getting the help you need. Book an appointment with our team as quickly as possible. We can address your pain and begin a treatment plan to help you start feeling better. Simply call today or click here for an appointment at one of our six locations in New Jersey.