As discussed on another page, pain affects your stress levels and mood. If you tend to view your pain as an overwhelming, unconquerable barrier, you are more likely to feel stressed and upset about it, which worsens your pain. However, treating such thoughts and mood concerns can help you to better manage your pain!
Thinking about your pain trains your brain to monitor that area more frequently, often letting non-painful things into your brain and leading to greater pain.
Did you know that disability from pain is not associated with any physical characteristics? Research has shown that it is caused by how you think about and view your pain. If you want to return to your life, you must address these concerns. In some cases, medical treatments impact such thinking; however, most require a specialist to help you return to your life.
Current theories of chronic pain suggest that it is created and maintained by changes in the neural network (think of a highway system your body uses to communicate and keep you alive). Thoughts and speaking about pain help to form and maintain those networks, and research has shown that changing thoughts can help!