Having chronic pain is completely draining. You never know until you wake up if it’s going to be a good day or a bad day. Whether you have fibromyalgia, migraines, back pain, diabetic neuropathy, phantom limb pain, or one of the many many other types of pain out there, I feel for you. To read a bit about my life-long experience with chronic pain and tips for managing pain, check out this blog post.
It’s common to feel depressed when you have pain, simply because you can’t do the things you want to do, and because you physically do not feel well. In fact, a research study surveying patients at primary care clinics found that people with chronic pain were 4 times more likely to have major depression than people without pain. That’s just the people who met criteria for major depression. It does not even include people with subclinical depression symptoms!
I am sure you have already explored the medication route. It works for some people, but other people do not like how medications make them feel, or notice that they need more and more of the pain medication over time. This is because their body has become physiologically dependent on the medication. There are other options you can explore either in addition to or instead of medication, depending on your personal preference.
Healthy Mind Sacramento chronic pain treatment
Healthy Mind Sacramento has a comprehensive, non-medication-based, behavioral treatment plan to help combat pain. You will learn:
- Ways to reduce stress in your life. Stress is a major trigger for all types of pain!
- Ways to identify situations (including weather, foods, events, and situations) that trigger a pain exacerbation, so you can decrease episodes
- Relaxation techniques
- How to get your sleep back on track
- Ways to boost your overall health and well-being
- How to combat negative thoughts that keep you trapped in a “downer” cycle
- Activity-pacing, so you don’t put all your activities on one day and end up laying in bed the next day full of pain!
I have learned all of the above not only as a person with a PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology, but as a person who has lived with migraines most of her life. I know what actually works and what does not. If you feel like you are not living your life to the fullest because of chronic pain, I hope you will give me a call and schedule an appointment to discuss a treatment plan for you.