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Friday, July 29, 2011

Chronic Pain and Severe Depression

Question: My question is how can I get over this severe depression that goes along with my chronic pain?

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Eleventh Hour LLC said...

Dear Beverly,
Chronic pain can be a debilitating syndrome and often leads to depression and sometimes serious narcotic abuse. If you are not already affiliated with a pain management clinic, make an appointment with one as soon as possible. The media has been bombarding us with ads for the medication cymbalta. It's an antidepressant that supposedly also helps with pain. It's worth a try but it may not work. I am a believer in alternative medicine. Many pain management clinics offer acupuncture, reiki, massage, and meditation. Therapy will help too. These days the psychiatric world is guilty of minimizing the worth of therapy. Pills may help mood once in a while...but it's therapy that will give you long lasting coping skills and techniques to deal with your pain. You are the one who will ultimately control this pain. Persevere and accept the pain as part of who you are today. Once you accept it as part of you, you will be able to control it and manage it. Your thoughts and your mind are what will get you through this! Do not allow the pain to rule you. You are in charge! Good luck and let us know how things go for you.