Chronic Pain and Negative Emotions: How the Five Senses Can Help

Chronic Pain and Emotions

Constant pain has a way of disturbing your mind and soul’s peace and undeniably affects our emotions negatively.

It is an unfortunate reality that living with chronic pain can lead to anger, depression, resentment, anxiety, and other negative feelings. A study in 2011 compared 15 healthy males and 15 males who had lower back pain, showed that the men with pain scored higher for negative emotions than the healthy control subjects.

Why Does Pain Cause Negative Emotions?

There are many reasons why chronic pain might lead to our peace being disturbed and negative emotions piling up.

First of all is the pain itself. It is tough to deal with it forcing itself into your day, into your thoughts, into your dreams.

In fact, brain scans have shown that people with chronic pain have altered brain structures. How it might change, will depend on your particular condition, but the areas affected typically deal with the sensory system. It is also interesting to note that some of the affected areas are also involved in regulating emotions. This might help explain why there is such a strong link between chronic pain and our emotions.

Additionally, many other challenges come with being disabled and in pain.

Chronic pain and mobility issues might mean that you aren’t able to get out and see people as much as you’d like to. Isolation can hurt just as much as joints or muscles.

Lifestyle changes and dealing with social pressures can also add up.

When these things combine, it is understandable that you might have issues with being upset, anxious, and not at peace.


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