Chronic Pain causes severe distress, including painful emotional states.
There is no shame in reaching out for help and it has been shown that working with someone can improve your pain and stress far more than working alone.
There is help out there.
Support and Professional resources are available.
See the Link to Many Canadian and International On-Line Supports:
Reach out to people you know and love for help.
Chronic pain causes anxiety and depression. Here are some tools to help you Anxiety and Depression
Chronic pain – either physical pain, or emotional pain, can be improved by calming down the limbic system – part of the brain responsible for pain sensation and emotions. Try the meditations on this link Sleep disorder / Insomnia
There are many people who can help you use the internet.
Quesnel BC Senior Advocacy Services Quesnel
There are many health professionals who are eager to help improve chronic pain, including Physiotherapists, massage therapists, naturopaths. osteopaths, chiropractors, counsellors and many more.
Website for sleep management: CBT for insomina
PTSD is linked to chronic pain syndromes. PTSD resources Canada
Complex PTSD CPTSD.org
Books : The Body Keeps the Score Brain, Mind and Body in the healing of trauma. Written by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Anxiety can improve with Mindfulness and there are many free programs
Meditation: first talk to your mental health counselor as sometimes meditation can awaken past traumas: Awakening
Contact your local Women’s Health Resource Team or Mental Health Resources.
Anxiety: Online Anxiety Tools
Ask people close to you if they feel you may be suffering from depression or anxiety.
If you have severe depression or anxiety, it is almost impossible to manage chronic pain. There is help out there.
Mindfulness: Palouse Mindfulness
See some of the videos from this site Palouse Mindfulness Videos
Many people with severe chronic pain or severe anxiety / PTSD cannot concentrate on reading. You may find it hard to retain information. Try the Palouse site, but watch the videos only if you feel unable to do the program.
Many times pain and anxiety cause stiffness and loosening up can relieve pain and anxiety
Books: recommended : The Urban Monk Pedram Shojai
Depression online resource: Skills book online for depression
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer;
Mindfulness Pocket Book by Gill Hasson
For Complex and other PTSD: The Body keeps the Score. Bessel van der Kolk.
Dr. Divi mindfulness books
CBT: What you think is what you feel: BC Self-Management webinar/video
Be aware of negative thinking which makes your pain worse. What you think is what you feel – try Cognitive Therapy on Line – Cheap at twice the price about $30-$40