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Psychological factors of back pain

    A person's perception plays a big role in whether they become sick or healthy. The mind and body work together in shaping our experiences, one directly affecting the other. There are some people with a high tolerance for pain, and can accept pain and discomfort naturally, while others have a pain-prone personality that tend to develop physical problems such as chronic pain. Most of these folks do not feel more pain or are more sensitive, but they interpret and internalize the feelings in way that affects them more than people who tolerate and except pain and discomfort.

    People with pain-prone personalities tend to worry, be negative, and often have difficulty dealing with their environment and social relationships. They, consciously or subconsciously, often see physical disability and problems has a way to deal with their emotional issues. They will try to eliminate all the pain and discomfort, instead of trying to accept and make the best of it. Some have fixed believes that the chronic pain will never go away, and that will surely delay their recovery.

    Learning positive thinking skills and pain control skills is difficult, but not impossible if you seriously want to make the change. It's up to you to ensure that you only have positive, helpful thoughts and beliefs about your back problem. Having unhelpful, negative thoughts and beliefs about your back problem will only aggravate you physically and emotionally and prolong full recovery.

    Family, work, school, or financial pressure can cause stress. Enduring ongoing stress and anxiety can have a devastating physical effect on the body, and in some cases, the brain creates physical problems such as back pain, disease, and illness to alleviate the high stress level. Ongoing stress will make everything worse, including pain and discomfort. Totally eliminating stress is unavoidable but reducing or eliminating the source of stress can help reduce the overall experience of pain. Learning to effectively manage everyday stress can help your recovery process.

    Having ongoing back pain can make you depressed and being depressed will negatively affect the level of pain and discomfort. Undiagnosed or unmanaged depression can last for a long time, so it's important to seek help.

    Absent social support is another factor that can delay full recovery. Too often, people with back problems do not receive the ongoing support from their family and friends that they want and need. Sure, in the beginning when a person first experiences back pain, their family and friends are supportive, but that usually goes away with time. People are usually very busy living their lives, and the person with the back problem doesn't have a visible handicap, so it's not real if they can't see it. Another scenario is that some folks just don't want to deal with another negative problem, so they tend to avoid the subject matter, and sometimes the person with the chronic pain. These negative facts should not make you depressed but should inspire you to deal with your back problem and work hard towards becoming healthy and living a good life.

    Be mindful of your perception and ponder, but don't worry for that is truly a waste of time.


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