Pain Tip of the Day for Feb­ru­ary 14, 2003

Anx­i­ety and fear are strong­ly asso­ci­at­ed with pain, par­tic­u­lar­ly as pain increas­es in sever­i­ty. Pain increas­es anx­i­ety because the per­son wor­ries that the pain will nev­er end. A sense of con­trol is lost and feel­ings of help­less­ness ensue. Anx­i­ety results in mus­cle ten­sion and spasm, reduc­ing blood flow and increas­ing tis­sue ischemia, releas­ing chem­i­cals into the sur­round­ing tis­sues that wors­en the phys­i­cal pain, and on the cycle goes. By address­ing these fears about the per­son­’s cur­rent and future life, some psy­cho­log­i­cal relief can be pro­vid­ed even if the phys­i­cal pain can­not be eliminated.

So as soon as I can stop feel­ing anx­ious about it, it’ll get bet­ter. Right. (sigh)

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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