Coping with chronic pain...

From: Sherry Marie (
Mon Jun 12 07:38:25 2000

One out of three people suffers from some form of chronic pain. Acute pain, by contrast, occurs suddenly and serves as the body's warning signal that something may be very wrong. In general, acute pain almost always has an end, a certain time when we can expect it to be totally over. CHRONIC pain, on the other hand, persists long after we would expect it to go away. It can disrupt virtually every aspect of our normal pattern of living-work,play,sleep,sex,family,social,emotional, and faith life. It may ultimately require us to make some major, long-term changes in our life-style. All pain is real, whether or not physicians can find a clinical reason for it. It's your body and you know if something hurts. You don't need to apologize for your pain or to question your judgement about it. Doubting your own perceptions will just add emotional pain to the physical pain you are already experiencing. A support group for sufferers of chronic pain may help to give validity to your personal experience, as well as allow you to vent your feeling of depression or anger. Talking about your distress will help you to cope with it more creatively in the long run. Sherry Marie

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