Chronic Back Pain and Depression

It is a topic chronic pain sufferers need to be aware of! Be gentle with yourself today and try to share a smile or two with someone. You don’t know how precious such a simple gesture can be 🙂

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Is chronic back pain making you depressed?  Dr. Andrew Block explains.

Chronic pain is a problem affecting nearly 1/3 of the population in the US and depression is one of the problems which can accompany chronic pain. Statistics show about 85% of patients who have chronic pain experience symptoms of depression.

Some symptoms of depression include:

  • Sleep disturbance – which includes sleeping too much or too little
  • Appetite disturbance  – eating too much or not eating enough
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Withdrawal from other people
  • Shortened sense of future or a fear of dying
  • Loss of motivation

These symptoms plus a whole host of other symptoms make it very difficult to recover from chronic back pain.  In fact, there are a lot of indications chronic back pain and depression have primarily the same symptoms and they feed off of each other.  For example, when someone is hurting – they…

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4 thoughts on “Chronic Back Pain and Depression

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve had bouts of depression in addition to my fibromyalgia and chronic pain from TMJ disorder. It’s hard not to get into that state when you suffer pain all day, every day. The best thing we can do for ourselves is be nice to ourselves and cut ourselves some slack. That’s been hard for me to learn to do.

    • Thank you for your support & encouragement. I’m learning how to live a ‘new’ life, day by day. It’s been a very quiet week and back feeling positive and online. It’s great to re-read your reply 🙂

    • Hi There, depression & suicide are sadly a definite statistic with many illnesses. That is why it is important to try to ensure a good support system is part of any wellness program. I am a patient of my local hospital PAIN Clinic and as with many practices that treat my illness and other chronic illnesses, seeing a Psychologist or Psychatrist is a common factor in treating the ‘Whole’ person.

      Health & Happiness.

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