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
You may be involved in the pain cycle without knowing it. You may be urging your loved one to do things that worsen pain, such as staying up late. Or you may be encouraging inactivity by waiting on him or her too much. Ask how you can help break the pain cycle.