As anyone coping with chronic pain knows, the physical sensation of pain is only half the story. Just as important is how the pain affects you, its impact on your life. During your visits to your health care provider, he or she will try to establish how your pain is affecting your life at home and at work by asking several questions.
Communicating these feelings to your health care provider is crucial, as there are treatments that can help with these problems. Depression and anxiety can make chronic pain harder to endure and harder to treat. Often, these problems can be taken care of with prescription drugs and counseling. Then, both patient and health care provider can focus their energies on treating the principal challenge, the pain itself.