Chronic back pain affects most aspects of people's lives, but there are positive steps they can take to try to improve living with chronic pain.
Chronic pain often severely impacts a patient's quality of life. Negative effects don't only come from the chronic pain itself, as it can affect sleep and mental health as well.
Depression often goes hand-in-hand with chronic pain
Depending on your chronic pain experience (severity, length of time, functional disruption, etc.), you may also experience stress and depression.
An emotional reaction to chronic pain, like depression, is not uncommon, but many patients just assume their depression will subside once the pain goes away. The pain may or may not improve as hoped, and other losses like the inability to do favorite activities or financial distress can aggravate depression further.
It is extremely important to talk about depression with your physician, as untreated depression can worsen pain and slow your healing rate.
Don't ignore discomfort on the job
Workplace ergonomics (or lack thereof) can play a large role in a person's daily pain experience.
Those who spend most of their day sitting, especially office workers, can damage spinal structures and develop/worsen an existing back or neck pain problem. Sitting puts pressure on the back muscles and spinal discs, and those who sit for long periods tend to slouch, which overstretches spinal ligaments and further strains the discs.
All aspects of the chronic pain problem need to be treated in order to most effectively treat a patient's chronic pain. Patients should work in conjunction with their physicians to ensure their chronic pain is treated comprehensively and with the most appropriate and current techniques available.