The Cycle of Chronic Pain
Pain affects your life. Your sleep, mood, activity, and energy level are all disrupted by pain. Being tired, depressed, and out of shape makes the pain worse and harder to cope with. So a "pain cycle" begins.
Note for Family and Friends
It can be difficult to help care for a friend or family member with chronic pain. Talk to a doctor or mental health professional who can help you learn how to care for yourself and your loved one in a healthy manner.