- Approximately 10.6 million Americans, or 4.8% of the population, have high-impact chronic pain.
- Disability is typically more commonly associated with chronic pain than with a number of other chronic conditions, including stroke and kidney failure.
- Those with high-impact chronic pain reported higher levels of mental health problems and cognitive problems, compared to those with chronic pain without disability.
- High-impact patients reported greater difficulty performing daily self-care activity and greater healthcare utilization.
These findings suggest that an awful lot of folks are not only living with intense pain, but also experiencing life-altering limitations as a result.
When pain becomes this overwhelming, pain management becomes a far bigger challenge. Finding the best pain relief strategies while also exploring ways of engaging more with daily activities can seem like a daunting task. How can you reduce the effect that pain has on your life without undoing all the hard work you have put in to get the pain under better control?
For starters, I think it helps to focus on only a couple of tasks at a time. What function or activity would be most meaningful to have back in your life? For example, becoming just a bit more mobile can mean the difference between spending more time with friends or missing out, and being able to cook a prized recipe once again will delight all who get to enjoy it with you. Consider consulting with an occupational therapist that typically specialize in helping patients hone in skills that boost their ability to perform home or work activities.