Pain is a signal that your body has been harmed. Pain can affect a range of your day-to-day activities, including relationships, work, socialising, sleep and mobility. You may even experience the adverse effects of having to take strong pain medication. Having significant pain can make it difficult for you to make long-term plans for the future. You may feel isolated because other people do not understand what it’s like to have on-going pain, day after day.
The psychological effects of having ongoing pain are numerous. You may experience anxiety, inadequacy, neglected, helpless, angry, abandoned and depressed.
It is possible that psychological intervention may improve coping skills, problem-solving and levels of optimism.