Chronic pain is a progressive, debilitating invisible disability condition that affects such a large population of people in the United States today. Chronic pain does not discriminate and will affect 70-90% of the population specifically those that experience back pain, sciatica, various forms of arthritis, musculoskeletal, fibromyalgia and veterans suffering with PTSD or some other chronic condition in their lifetime may find themselves disconnected or marginalized. Chronic pain affects one’s social, emotional, financial, spiritual, and psychological life. These effects grow and evolve over time. Symptoms can be permanent and very unpredictable. With Invisible disabilities chronic pain can also be very challenging for its victims and love ones.
People living with chronic pain especially live in isolation and suffer from stress, depression and anxiety as predictors of the disability. While the spotlight is presently on the opioid abuse or epidemics its leaving suffers feeling abandoned by our government and new CDC guidelines and regulations. lifetime pain medication users are victims of new CDC guidelines. Chronic pain has been identified as a significant precursor for low quality of life.
People with chronic pain either face challenges due to lack of support and feelings of being stigmatized. People suffering with these debilitating diseases also have to cope with devastating life changes resulting in low quality of life which leads to mental stresses, particularly chronic depression.
The social support groups is helpful in changing the mindset and can be beneficial in addressing concerns around the diseases, life challenges and coping skills and strategies. Together lets all practice self care.