I have chronic pain, which means that on any given day, I am in pain. When I smile at you, I am in pain. When I laugh and enjoy lunch with a friend, I am in pain. When I sit with a client, I am in pain. When I play with my children, I am in pain. I think that you are getting the hint here. Let me give you a picture here. Imagine a tornado, swirling around grabbing as many different things as possible. Perhaps it has a house, a barn, a splinter of wood or any given number of things that a tornado grabs in its path of destruction. Now imagine that tornado isn’t moving anywhere, it’s staying still inside your body and on any given day, you get hit by the house (depression), or maybe the splinter of wood (pain) or the barn (fatigue). You are trying to be the best version of yourself that you can be and on any given day one or more of these things have a hold on you.
With a chronic issue, you will always have something that you have to contend with, but that does not mean that you cannot conquer the world. Mental health management can aid in allow you to find some semblance of control in your life. When I was going through therapy for pain management myself, I was awakened to a lot of things that I thought and did that made my chronic issues worse. Here are a few things that pain management therapy can do.