Specialist in Holistic Pain Management
Pain Management Medicine, Supportive & Palliative Care

How Pain Affects Function?

 

Pain can affect the way you function in every area of your life. It can make it difficult for you to perform everyday activities at home and work, place an emotional strain on you and your loved ones, and prevent you from enjoying life to the full.

The physical effects of pain can be very significant. Pain and the anticipation of pain can severely restrict your physical activity, making work, exercise and everyday activities more difficult. You might find yourself unable to do the same things or afraid to try new activities in case they exacerbate the problem.

Pain can also have serious social and emotional effects. Coping with pain can be exhausting. It can make your lose your appetite or have trouble sleeping, and it can leave you feeling stressed, depressed, irritable and anxious. It can even become more difficult to focus and to remember things when you are in pain. Your pain can also place a strain on your relationships with other people, making it more difficult for you to connect or to spend time together.

Holistic pain management seeks to address all these effects of pain, addressing the physical, social and emotional impact. The impact of pain can be managed to improve your ability to function, even when it can’t be avoided or eliminated completely.

 

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