The Relationship Between Physical and Psychological Health

There is a connection between chronic pain and mental health conditions

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Chronic pain is associated with higher rates of anxiety and depression. People who have chronic pain may develop anxiety, depression, stress and fatigue as a result of living with chronic pain.

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) May 25, 2014

Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 3 to 6 months. Chronic pain affects 1 in 5 Canadians. Chronic pain includes conditions like chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and sciatica. Another type of chronic pain is neuropathic pain, which can develop as a result of diabetes, disease or injury to the nervous system.

Chronic pain is gaining recognition as a real medical condition. Chronic pain can be debilitating and interfere with every aspect of a person’s life. As a result, chronic pain can take an emotional toll. Pain can interfere with a person’s ability to focus, concentrate and therefore work.

Chronic pain is associated with higher rates of anxiety and depression. People who have chronic pain may develop anxiety, depression, stress and fatigue as a result of living with chronic pain.

The Arthritis Society explains that pain can increase during a flare up, and sometimes retreat, but for people with chronic pain, it never entirely disappears. The Arthritis Society explains that pain is actually perceived by the brain and your pain perception is influenced by a number of factors including prior episodes of pain and emotional status. Chronic pain may be caused by sensitization, a process where the nervous system distorts and intensifies pain. When this happens, chronic pain may be associated with emotional and psychological issues.

The Canadian Pain Society’s Pain in Canada Fact Sheet tells us that more than 50% of people on waiting lists for chronic pain clinics have severe levels of depression and 72.9% report that pain interferes with their ability to work. Further chronic pain is associated with the worst quality of life as compared with other chronic diseases.

Through the efforts of the Canadian Pain Coalition, Canada’s federal government agreed to designate the week of November as National Pain Awareness Week, recognizing that chronic pain requires a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, yet access to pain clinics is limited and chronic pain affects more than 6 million Canadians. This year, November 2- 8, 2014 is National Pain Awareness Week.

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