People that suffer with chronic pain often feel as though they are a burden on their friends and family, and that all they ever do is “complain.” In reality, it isn’t so much a complaint, as it is a general status regarding their situation. Still, many feel as though their family members and friends will never be able to understand what exactly they are going through, no matter how much they want to help and support them. Those with chronic pain often feel miserably isolated from the world, often because their pain condition makes it difficult for them to interact with others and participate in the activities that they used to enjoy and partake in.
It is becoming more and more apparent as research is performed that pain, while extremely physical, is also largely psychological. In not having support and understanding, the pain problem compounds and sometimes, becomes more physically difficult to bear.
Pain support groups are an excellent resource for those with chronic pain. It can be psychologically and physically beneficial to just hear that someone knows what you are going through, and has been in your place, suffering the way you are suffering.
During the meeting, you may be asked to share your story – what was the onset of your chronic pain, where is your chronic pain, etc. You may find that others have similar circumstances, but even if they have a different history, they too suffer daily from pain, something not many people can understand. The population in general often feels pain, but it is rare to find others that suffer from chronic, debilitating, constant or daily pain. This is the reason why so many will benefit from a chronic pain support group.
Pain support groups can also be extremely educational and informative. Chronic pain sufferers can learn tips and tricks from others with chronic pain. Often, the leaders of chronic pain support groups will teach a technique to the group, such as biofeedback techniques or meditation techniques.
The support that chronic pain suffers gain from the groups often extends outside of meetings. Phone numbers and email addresses can be exchanged, and others can be counted on to help you if you are having a particularly hard time. Accountability can also be useful – members of the group can create weekly goals to be achieved and can remain accountable to the others in the group throughout the week.
While one’s family members and friends must be relied upon as a support system, there is an endless number of benefits to attending and becoming a member of a chronic pain support group.