“Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish, How long, O Lord, how long?” ~Psalms 6:2-3
Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts for 3- 6 months or more. The pain from injuries can linger months or years, long after you have recovered. The nerve endings just keep firing even after you have healed. It could also be caused by long term illnesses like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, diabetes, lupus, Crohns disease, etc. The pain can range from mild to severe; it can be constant or come and go. Pain affects your daily life and mental health. The limitations on your activity can affect your ability to work, take care of yourself or your relationships with others. The emotional struggle of dealing with the pain can make you depressed, and then the depression seems to make the pain worse. That is why one of the treatment choices could be use of antidepressant medication. Other treatment options for chronic pain can be non-narcotic pain medications, relaxation techniques, physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga, dietary choices, weight loss and/or surgery. You should work with your health care provider for diagnosis of chronic pain and hopefully sort out the underlying problem. Proper treatment of the problem can reduce or help you manage the pain. Some therapies would need a doctor's opinion/referral for the appropriateness in your situation. It can be difficult for the loved ones and coworkers to know that you are feeling bad and not be able to help. All of us involved should pray for understanding and patience as daily routines or special plans are affected when your pain is unmanageable.
~Amy Gray RN, Parish Nurse