Effects Of Chronic Pain On...
Family, Friends And Co-Workers / Co-Volunteers
Chronic and terminal illness effects us all mentally, emotionally, socially and financially. Often times families, friends, and co-workers are effected as well. Sometimes, the support is positive and everyone around you is able to adapt to a new lifestyle. Other times there is little to no support. The reactions are negative and no one is willing to accept the new limitations. Either way chronic and terminal illness have a very real impact on our lives.
How has your chronic pain effected your Family?
How has your chronic pain effected your friends?
How has your chronic pain effected your co-workers or co-volunteers?
Below are articles about the struggles we face each day.
Chronic Pain And The Family
"....The reactions of family members and friends in turn have an effect on the person in pain. In the beginning, the emotional support and practical assistance are welcome and helpful. But later, as the pain problem persists and reactions change, the effect may not be favorable. The person in pain may come to feel like a burden on family, and his or her sense of being a valued family member is lost. Self-esteem may suffer. Without the expectation and reward of functioning as a breadmaker or a breadwinner, the dysfunction is compounded. Scientific research supports the idea that overly solicitous or helpful responses by a spouse can actually lead to higher levels of pain and disability. In effect, a person's experience of pain itself can be influenced by his or her spouse's behavior..."
Chronic Pain: A Burden Often Shared
"...Healthy family members are often overworked from assuming the duties of the person in pain. They have little time and energy for friends and other diversions, and they may fret over how to make ends meet when expenses rise and family incomes shrink.
It is easy to see how tempers can flare at the slightest provocation. The combination of unrelieved suffering on the one hand and constant stress and fatigue on the other can be highly volatile, even among the most loving couples..."
"Family members are rarely considered by doctors who treat pain," said Dennis C. Turk, a pain management researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Yet a study we did found that family members were up to four times..."
Chronic Pain And The Family - Interview Mark Disorbio, EdD
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"....Like most chronic conditions, persistent pain takes a toll on family members, friends and support systems. However you define family, chronic pain changes the dynamics within the family. Daily routines may change because the person in pain may no longer function in the manner he or she used to, which increases the demands on other family members. Family members may experience caregiver fatigue. Every family member may experience increased stress and feelings of guilt, sadness, fear, anger, and anxiety..."
Jennifer Jaff Explains How to Manage Chronic Pain in the Workplace
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Q: How does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) apply to people with chronic pain?
A: The ADA is a law that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of disability. It applies to employers with 15 or more employees. The ADA is intended to require employers to provide equal opportunities to employees with disabilities by requiring them to provide reasonable accommodations to such employees, and by prohibiting them from taking any adverse employment action against such employees on the basis of their disability. So the ADA allows patients with chronic pain to request reasonable accommodations that allow them to work despite their disability. For example, a patient with chronic pain from typing can request a voice-activated computer.
Helpful Tips and Ideas
Chronic Pain and Family Resources
Chronic Pain and the Family
How to Handle a Chronic Illness at Work
What to Do
There are many things that family members and friends can do to facilitate improved adaptation to chronic pain in the affected person. A helpful approach begins with learning about the pain problem and behaviorally based rehabilitative principles. There are many sources for reliable information from books and on the Internet. In addition, you can:
- Participate actively in the health care of your loved one
- Attend visits with the treating physician so that you can hear first hand about the pain problem and treatment
- Prepare questions in advance, and ask about ways to improve function
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