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Caring for someone who has chronic pain

Caring For Someone Who Has Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can impact many aspects of a person’s life. People with pain might have to make lifestyle changes to account for needed treatments (for example, physical or occupational therapy), activities they might not be able to partake in anymore, and much more. Work schedules might be affected as a person with pain might not be able to keep up with the same pace of work as before. These changes can mean less job opportunities, more financial difficulties, and more strain on family life. Chronic pain can often have far-reaching effects on family and friends of the person experiencing chronic pain. It is important for people with pain to have a strong support system of loving family and friends who can help them cope with this challenging and potentially life-long condition. Supporting someone in pain can also be a challenging responsibility, so it is important to recognize when and how you need to take care of yourself too. Check out the links below to learn more about how to support someone who has chronic pain and how to take care of yourself in the process.


Caregiver stress: Tips for taking care of yourself

Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient people. If you're a caregiver, take steps to preserve your own health and well-being.

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Caring for a Loved One with Chronic Pain: The Four Caregiver Cornerstones

When you're thrust into the caregiver role it can be truly devastating, particularly when your loved one is experiencing chronic pain. Learn More


Sharing the Care: The Role of Family in Chronic Illness

This report is intended to provide background information. experienced-based insight, and more for those interested in enhancing family involvement in case management,

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How to Be a Great Caregiver to Someone With a Chronic Illness

How to balance maintaining your loved one's autonomy and being an advocate.

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