Depression and Chronic Pain | Kati Morton

Hey everybody! Today’s video is about chronic pain and depression *intro music* Now before I even get into the video, I want you to know that there are two ways that this can work. Number one being that depression itself can lead to chronic pain. You know we talked before about psychosomatic symptoms, where something that’s happening mentally for us can manifest itself physically. Like if any of you have been depressed or had a really hard time you know how mental illness can affect us physically. Meaning that we’ll be achey, we’ll be really tired, it’ll be hard to get out of bed. Not to mention any of us who have had panic attacks or anxiety. You can feel it physically, right? Our heart may be racing we may struggle to breathe fully and feel like we’re suffocating, we may be sweaty, our palms can be sweaty a lot of different things that happen to us mentally can manifest themselves physically and one of those is pain and aches, and depression can manifest itself that way. But what I want to talk more about today is the other version where because we have chronic pain, we then have depression and how those two are linked and the truth about it is, and I know this is gonna sound like a really simplistic type of video, and as always, it’s not just me sharing information for you, to you, I want you to share information with the community. Let us know in the comments how it feels for you. How this happened for you and what things you’ve done to feel better because the truth about it is, that imagine if we’re in chronic pain. A lot of people are told from doctors that they’re making it up. If they can’t find a specific trigger or reason for the pain were told that it’s not happening and that it’s psychosomatic that we’re doing in our head. Imagine how that would feel if you know you’re feeling the pain that you go to a professional to get help and you’re kind of turned away or dismissed or even worse, like made to feel embarrassed about the fact that you even went. Those are all terrible things but I’ve heard from a lot of you, that that happens a lot, it’s very common. And so that’s just one of the things I want to talk about. The other thing is the fact that if we have chronic pain, or if we have any chronic illness that can lead to a lot of different struggles. That can make it financially difficult, because trust me anything that Sean and I’ve had happened to have medically has ended up costing us quite a lot of money. Even though we have insurance it somehow doesn’t cover a certain percentage and that can be thousands and thousands of dollars and so financially it can be extremely stressful. The chronic pain can also make sleep really difficult, and I don’t think that we talked enough about how important sleep is, but it can really affect our ability to concentrate, function, have relationships, because we can be extremely irritable and it can make it hard for us to go about our day in general and for more information about sleep and the importance, I’ll link to the video I did in the description so you can learn more. Also, chronic pain can lead to difficulties at work or school. Imagine if you’re in pain constantly more days than not, how are you going to be able to do your work, either at work or school and get anything done? I know personally if I’m in any kind of pain whether it’s like a pulled muscle or if I’m extremely sick, I really cannot concentrate and I can’t get anything done and if I do it’s at a much slower pace and I would definitely be behind schedule if someone was holding you accountable to certain deadlines whether it be tests or presentations, etc. And also chronic pain can lead to a lot of different legal issues. I’ve heard from many of you that you’re working really hard to get disability or to get some of the medical issues covered because your insurance is saying they don’t, and you read through your paperwork and you realize that they should have and so legal issues can come along with this as well and back to the original point that I made, where a lot of you told me that you go to get help and you’re told that you’re making it up or that they don’t know where it’s coming from? This can lead to a lot of low self-esteem or low self-confidence. I’ve heard from many of you that going through this, and dealing with chronic pain or chronic illness, just makes us feel like shit. It makes us feel worse, it ruins our relationships because it’s hard for us to do all the things that we used to be able to do and people in our lives don’t always know how to support and they don’t always seek to understand, and in the end that can just make it feel really bad about ourselves. But luckily there are things that we can do to get better. Hooray! And the first thing I work with my clients on is grieving the loss. And I know that this sounds really silly because a lot of times people just attribute grief to when someone passes away in our life but grief can be applied to a lot of different things, and when it comes to any chronic illness or pain, I think it’s important for us to grieve the loss of what a quote, unquote, normal life look. I did a video a long time ago that i’m going to link at the end of this video as well as the description with Hank Green, talking about his chronic illness and how for him he had to put a lot of time and effort into grieving what normal was, because he had a planned life. I’m going to do this, this, this, these are the things that I’m able to do but having something like chronic pain or chronic illness can change that and something that he recommends, in the video, is that instead of focusing on the things that you can’t do, focus on the things you can and what things you want to do now and I think that that is such an amazing advice. And also, there are treatment centers that work with both. Meaning they work with the depression and they work with the chronic pain or chronic illness there are a lot of pain treatment centers out there. However I know and I’ve heard from a lot of you that they are hard to get into they can be very expensive, some don’t take insurances, there can be a lot of things going on so you may have to divide up your issues and treat them separately to get the help that you need and that could mean that you see a therapist like myself. Tah-dah! And we do talk therapy. We work on that grief process, we work on focusing on the positive and can do some CBT techniques to help challenge any of that negative or faulty thinking that we have so that we can feel and think more positively and also medication has been shown to be extremely helpful for people not only pain management medication that’s a mouthful but also SSRIs and SNRIs because at the end of the day we’re talking about depression. And if you’re wanting to look into a program they’re called “pain rehabilitation programs.” The Mayo Clinic has a great one, and they have a great website with a lot of additional information that I’ll link in the description but I would encourage you to reach out to your local hospital because many of them know which ones are available in your area and they can also refer you to pain groups. I know that sounds crazy there are a ton of groups for pain management patients, because it is so extremely difficult and it is so isolating. This helps realize that we are not alone. What we’re feeling, what we’re going through is completely normal and that there are people out there and there is help available. I think that it’s really important for us to remember that. There are tons of people, resources, professionals, out there wanting to help you get through this so that you can feel better. The overall message that I want you to hear with this video is that you’re not alone and it can get better. When it comes to chronic pain and chronic illness, I find that sometimes we have to shout to be heard but know that there are professionals out there who can help. We may just have to ask a few times to get them to hear us, to get them to give us the treatment that we need. If you’re new to my channel, click here to subscribe. I put out videos twice a week. Make sure you turn your notifications on. On the homepage is like a little bell. Ding! And you hit that bell so that you know when I put one up and you don’t miss it. And I will see you next time. Bye!

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  1. i suffer from chronic back pain ….due to ocd… m badly addicted to medication …is there anything that can help ….

  2. It is so true that living with chronic pain is a loss, a grieving process of the life/function that once was had. I have had chronic back and leg pain for the past 4 years. I had spinal fusion surgery of L4-S1 in 9/2014 and I have less function and more pain than I did at that time. I was an office nurse for almost 20 years and I miss it so very much. I loved what I did and it gave me so much joy. It makes me emotional to think about the growing list if things that I once was able to do for myself and my family that I am no longer able to do. My social security disability was approved after 34 months (I finally got a hearing date) and I did have one refusal at the beginning which I appealed. Please keep pushing and doing your best to move forward. Don't give up. We have to be our own advocates and keep expressing our symptoms, even when we feel like a broken record. I know I do.
    It sucks to have pain 24/7. I have had a very hard time coping. I get very lonely and low at times. My husband and teenage son keep me going, I am so thankful for them. Some of my other family members, including my mother just don't understand what living with pain is like. My dad passed away in 2012 due to leukemia and them we lost my sister 7/2016 due to year of alcoholism. It's been a very difficult road. Having so much time to think about what I've lost has been so hard for me to handle. I have been seeing a therapist for the past 6-8 months every 1-3 weeks and she has been so helpful for me. It does take a lot out of me physically and emotionally to go to those appointments but I'm so glad when I am able to go and the coping techniques she has taught me and having someone listen that I don't feel I'm piling stress onto. I don't like to constantly pile it all onto my husband, it's so much for him to carry.
    What it's like to have a certain amount of stamina/energy and when that's used up, I'm done and in bed for days following paying for overdoing it. Getting bathed and dressed is a chore and takes considerable energy and causes a lot of pain and sometimes after doing that I have had to cancel plans, which has been devastating because I want to get out of the house and see others so badly but it's just not possible sometimes. I have so many things I want to do that my body dictates whether or not they are going to happen. I feel like I am letting my husband down when this happens, he is always so caring and understanding but I know it's frustrating for him. He wants to "fix it"and can't. I used to take my pain free body for granted, what I would do to have that back again. But, I cannot and will not give up. I have to keep pushing for myself and my family. Sometimes I feel like Im drowning. It is helpful to know I'm not alone. Chronic pain is isolating.

  3. Omg…everything is right….i am a 60 year old man…i have pains since 2-3 years…it's terrible…my pains are in my legs…i use to run…i cannot anymore….i am so sad…i am off from work now…i had really dark ideas….help!!

  4. Every joint in my body makes cracking sound including backbone. Im everytime in pain. No arthritis, did 2 MRI tests, nothing. Every report is good. Don't know what to do, plz help if you know something,

  5. I have fibromyalgia and hypermobility joints, and suffer with depression and anxiety and it’s hell I can’t even go for a small walk without being in pain it makes me feel useless and worthless

  6. My pain gets so bad that I end up crying in public. I get so frustrated with how sore I am and how it stops me from walking properly that o just burst into tears and have to try hide it. Pain management doesn't work if the pain doesn't go away.

  7. Had to address something you mentioned more than once in the video: Getting better. How can you possibly "get better" if your illness is chronic? That's a contradiction in terms. I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease last year, as a result of severe allergies. That's not the only condition I have but it's the most painful one. Headaches & dizziness galore. I was told by a doctor–& research I did both before & after that appointment confirmed–that there is no cure for it. Symptoms can be controlled but only until they get progressively worse (you eventually go deaf, for one). There is no "getting better" with conditions like that. There is no going back to a normal life or any fulfillment a normal life might have.

  8. Bullshit. There are no resources to help unless you have MONEY. No one cares or treats you for free. It comes down to your life means nothing unless you have money.

  9. I have chronic migraine as well as major depressive disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
    I was diagnosed with MDD at age 14, OCD at age 20 (I'm now 21).
    I have had migraines since I was 5 years old but wasn't diagnosed until age 17. I became chronic at age 18. I have only been getting worse (I had 37 migraines in December 2017). My life has changed so much. I graduated at age 17 in June and had my most memorable migraine in September. It was 3 days long. That is what led me to being under the care of a neurologist. I have tried many meds and currently receive Botox treatment which have not yet helped.
    I would say my chronic pain didn't cause my depression but is definitely one of the reasons I'm depressed besides the fact that I have MDD. I planned to go to college, have a job, have a social life, keep in touch with friends. I went to college for 3 years and ultimately had to drop out. The pain was too much and I was in and out of psych hospitals. I started a job in August 2015 and by November 2016 I was on medical leave (recommended by my boss who had seen me at my worst). I had to make the tough decision to quit in May 2017 when my medical leave was up. I no longer socialize with people I used to hang out with frequently. I fear going out and doing things because a migraine can attack me at any moment. At 21 years old, I carry around a lunch box filled with things I need for a migraine. My 3 abortive medications, ear plugs, and sunglasses. I bring this bag pretty much everywhere with me if I plan to be there 1+hours.
    This has definitely been a reason of my depression. I often ask myself "what kind of life is this?" And I've come to the realization I'm not living, I'm surviving. I try to be hopeful but it can be really hard when I see all these people who have had chronic migraine their entire lives who aren't getting better and when I see myself only getting worse.
    I also have a family that really doesn't understand. I know they mean well but they've never experienced migraines so they don't have a clue and often leave me feeling alone, unintentionally.
    I didn't even think of grieving what a "normal" life for me would be. I just kind of jumped into ok this is what your life is. Constant pain and not being able to do what most people your age can do.

  10. Having a chronic painful progressive neurological disorder has caused or contributed to depression and turned my life upside down. Treatment for symptoms of the disorder has helped as has therapy but I am left with a tremendous sense of loss.

  11. Eliminate all people from your life that contribute in any way to stress and pain. Unfortunately, chronic pain patients need to be selfish.

  12. Depression 100% gives chronic pain. I wake up every morning feeling like I'm going to throw up and like a knife is being driven through my heart. I also have anxiety which makes it so much worse. I can say, alone time and no physical movement works.

  13. I have a tumor in my spine, with scar tissue covering it for surgery and also neuropathic pain
    “ITS IN YOUR HEAD” is not just what Dr.’s say but also a,l the ppl I tell
    O ya and back spasms ,,hunrededs at a time ALL the time

  14. Unfortunately talking therapies haven't really worked for me or medication. Reiki has helped with my migraine. I think the answer for depression is Past life Regression therapy

  15. What a disaster coming with doctors cutting back on required pain meds for chronic pain management. Chronic pain sufferers will be under medicated with drastic quality of life. Withholding treatment when treatment is available will throw loads of people into depression. Required to suffer needlessly.

  16. I’m 16 and I’m a dancer. I’ve been having a horrible pain in my hip/leg for a month and I finally went to the doctor. He told me I couldn’t dance anymore and that he couldn’t do anything more for me but give me pain meds. He also told me I’m looking at months to years in pain. It completely broke my heart that I can’t dance anymore. I already have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. This just happened Thursday…that I got the news that I couldn’t Dance and I’m definitely grieving, Dance is my life and I’m so young 🙁 every time I think about continuing on my life in this pain it makes me not want to go on. This is one of the worst pains I’ve ever had and i can barely walk. I’m just devastated

  17. You do amazing videos Kati Morton , i get this pain, low energy and mood , everyone's tells me im a hypochondriac

  18. I injured my shoulder in January 2017, finally tried to get it assessed in August, was sent to PT, bounced around all over the place until I could finally dig an MRI to show I needed surgery, and finally got that in December. It's been a struggle since then…my job is very physical and it's always been a huge part of my identity. I went back to work for one week and it was too physically painful, but it was also very emotionally painful as I'm a band teacher and my program was pretty much shot. I'm processing the idea that I may not return to work until August. I'm definitely grieving the active lifestyle I used to have.

  19. tmd is a nightmare its like a shadow walking with you throughout the day and its hard to fake a smile plus its so painful yet alone talking with family friends and the worst coworkers who thinking that you're faking it. Tmj suffers stay strong fo what ever it takes but don't give up hope. i cry everyday and if i didn't its an accomplishment for starting a new good day .. mutch love.

  20. Random question but , is it weird if someone feels emotional pain much more than physical pain? For example someone having their arm broken would hurt less than a friend ignoring , or ditching them. Or someone having a pencil stab them until they bleed 10 times would hurt less than someone close to them calling them a mean name …or any situation where someone's physical pain tolerance is higher than most and someone's emotional pain tolerance is really low.

  21. been suffering from chronic back pain from a herniated disk the past 2 years now. I got 4 cortisone shots that didnt help and went through physical therapy 3 times. It is so fucking hard to do anything and i refuse to leave my dorm because it just that unbearable. I can barley focus on school and I almost killed myself last month because I felt so alone and isolated. I'm getting surgery next week after my finals. I really hope this shit works because everyday is getting increasingly more difficult. If it doesnt then Idk what to do ill prob end up dead honestly.

  22. I have two compression fractures (L1, T4) that have had me in pain every day for almost three years. I have been out of work for two years.

    I had struggled with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, before my injury, and it has been worse lately. I have been suicidal and been stopped during am attempted suicide because of the pain.

  23. I don't know if I have depression, but I have chronic pain in my head, neck and back every single day for almost 4 years now. It never goes away, so I'm struggling with it 24/7. My doctors never take me really seriously. I'm currently thinking about going to therapy to see if I'm depressed, but I'm actually really afraid. My parents do not "believe" in depression, they do not think that it is a real thing but rather made up for attention or because someone needs an excuse for his laziness. My pain gets worse when I have to look down (to write things and to study) and recently I cannot get anything done because of it. When I see that I have to study a lot, I immediately get down and start to cry after some minutes. I feel so weak, and I think this makes me a bad person. I just want to concentrate on the stuff that I'm studying, but instead I get caught up in my head with my physical pain and my emotions. Anyway, I just moved out, so maybe I'll try therapy soon.

  24. And friendly advice from someone who's seen all the sides of depression ..chest pain related to depression is not a heart attack but it doesn't mean it's not dangerous. It stresses the heart in a bad way so take it seriously ! betablockers have saved my life quite a few times.

  25. currently I am suffering from chronic pain, its always there and very discomforting, and mental health issues such as anxiety, it was great to find this video which describes pretty much what I feel

  26. I ate sunflower seeds a couple of years ago and went into a deep depression and also had severe back pains. I dusted off my allergy test and, sure enough, realized I'm allergic to sunflower seeds. It took 72 hours to recover. By the way, I don't have any spinal problems.

  27. Yes I find myself so depressed right now I am trying to fight it and sometimes it just knocks me right down, I try so hard to put a happy face and it’s so hard:(

  28. I was injured just before my 18th birthday and suffered24 hours a day PAIN in my lower back and all said i was faking it or not exist and basically ruined my life. i suffered 13 years strait before the pain became not constant and moved to feeling like i am stabbed in the back 10 20 times a day and forces me to suffer depression and made me unable to keep relationships due to the screams and lack of ability to do like others. I spent years on end playing computer games just to not move to get the pain and lost more health doing it…. even right now I am very attracted to my neighbor that is special beyond any other woman i ever met and super depressed i am not fit to be able to be with her and must reject her so she can be happy because it would not so good with me. i am 58 and 50 of them years i spent most of them alone. i barely leave my home but I am now a skilled artist and still my art makes people happy but not me. I found the cure to wars overpopulation even housing for other worlds and I see this world so dysfunctional and get more depressed and tell ,myself I rather see myself die and the world not get the cure and go extinct so the universe not be harmed by humans like they do own home. To me humans are the worst and the best of life bu have zero future due to the ape and capitalist effects….this whole planet will die sooner or later due to humans getting tech and not using it correctly to serve slavery of capitalism….more depression just thinking of the seeing I have for being apart and looking on a world of apes that think money is everything and life a side effect of slavery and exploitation. Sorry if i depressed you by just speaking a tiny bit.

  29. Pain is my constant companion since I was shot in "92" if I could have just one day in seven where there's no pain.

  30. 30 years of chronic pain management after severe spine injury, never been high or overdosed ….. Only drug addicts overdose and die from opioids, NOT chronic pain patients! ….. Now my opioid meds have been taken away via the fake opioid crisis (really a crooked doctor crisis) and i'm thinking of killing myself, I can't take the pain anymore! ….. From accident, to hospital bed to productive member of society, back to bed again 30 years later… It took 30 years to get depressed over being cripple, not because of being cripple, but from the PAIN….. i give it 3 to 6 months and i'll be outta here

  31. I have ptsd depression anxiety fibromyalgia neck and back pain damage nerves COPD heart failure heart stint and a few other problems but any way I just hate that I always have to feel like I’m sick 🤒 while others are so happy 😀 I try so hard not to lay in bed but I’m in so much pain always it’s miserable 😭 I’m on lots of meds I hate taking I’m willing to try anything to help me I just feel like a failure

  32. I broke my neck and was paralyzed from the neck down. I was 14 and that was on 9/11/84. I was fortunate enough to have a pretty good recovery where I can walk, and use most extremities. However my upper body is still really weak, and as a result I have to use muscles that are so weak that they strain and stress all day. Thus they ache deeply, not to mention the pain in the nerves and in the bones. I have lived like this for 34 years. But because I can walk, people just assume everything is fine. I am constantly defending myself all day everyday. Until I had had enough of that and have just eliminated the people in my life who question. I have been clinically depressed for 30plus years. I feel so alone, because I know of no one who has a similar experience. But chronic pain groups might help.

  33. Omg! Thanks for making this!!..i had ten major surgeries in ten so depressed..trying to explain this to my husband…hopefully it will help

  34. I am so grateful you put this video out, as I have a back injury that happened at work last year and was told all of the things that were said here, and I am getting very depressed. I'm usually a very positive person, but I feel like giving up, I have so many people who say they are here for me, but no one really is, and I don't know who to turn to. Doctors shuffle me around, and I won't even try anymore, as they do make me feel like shit, and "the symptoms don't make sense". I am just glad to see it isn't just me.

  35. Kati, my 37 yr old son has failed back surgery syndrome. For 16 years. He has constant nerve pain. I also think he has Major Depression Disorder. He lives in his room, in bed, barely eats, won't go anywhere except to the pharmacy to get his pain medication (fentanyl and oxycodone). He refuses to go to therapy. He sees a psychiatrist once a month and recently started him on an ssri. Can you do a video on Major Depression Disorder?

  36. Thank you for this video! I deal with chronic pain due to scar tissue from multiple surgeries as well as Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and anxiety. It is so exhausting having to constantly battle both your brain and your body. They definitely seem to exacerbate each other. I never really thought about having to grieve the fact that I wouldn't be able to have a "normal" life, but it makes so much sense. Now I can begin the process of acceptance.

  37. Thank you. Im currently in pain and the residents and nurses basically had smirks on their faces bc the basic blood work they did came back normal. My husband thinks its just anxiety. I am working on getting insurance so that I can get real treatment and real tests done and can afford to see different doctors until someone takes it seriously. It hurts mentally and physically and it is a blow to self esteem and worsens depression when even your family dismisses you. Anyone else that is experiencing this, I understand you and I am with you.

  38. This happened to my sister turns out she had rheumatoid arthritis but she wasn't taken seriously for a long time. It's not her only chronic pain issue but it was one of the first ones that they found. She will hopefully get disability soon. She worked 30 years and is highly educated but can't concentrate or do much physically anymore.

  39. There is also chronic pain from back pain or illness. My bad back gets hard to deal with sometimes. I then become depressed.

  40. My stepmom doesn't have depression. If anything, she has tiny panic attacks every once in a while. She also has severe pain that's been lasting a long time. She can get numb, makes it hard for her to even move. She's been told it could be an autoimmune disease. They have no idea. She has to take pregnazone just to live. It sucks not being able to be helped.

  41. I’m 11 and I just found out I have chronic pain, I’ve hade it for a long time and it lead me to depression. Does anyone have advice on how to deal with it at school and get my work done?

  42. This is the closest video I could find about my question.

    My sister is um… Quite the hypochondriac. Or psychosomatic. I can't really say. But I was wondering, do doctors tell the patient if they suspect? She does have health problems, but she's been diagnosed with incurable life-threatening diseases that if ignored when she brings it up, she'll forget all about and end up with something new. She can even develop symptoms to something if there's a popular ad on it on TV. Part of why I hate those drug commercial ads. Whatever ad's airing I know she's going to get whatever it is.

    Sadly things went bad at the place I was caring for my Mom and we had to turn to her for shelter, and she was doing great with her health until we showed up. Now everyday it's some kind of new problem after another. It's mentally and physically exhausting and makes it hard to sleep or eat. We learned long ago there's no arguing with her or anything. She's always right, even if she's talking about something she said the opposite to days before.

    And to make matters worse, she's been fighting to get her daughter back. And honestly, her daughter should have been taken away much earlier. But apparently protectiver services can't spot someone who's obviously hopped up on speed. It took her calling the police on my friend who broke into her daughter's window to have sex on her bed for her to lose her daughter. Mainly because my friend was far away at the time, didn't know where she lived, there were no footprints in the snow and the window wasn't broken like she had said.

    Yet, she still is certain it happened. It's scary we have to depend on her for the time being. Not to mention our income was cut more than half.

  43. Any references for good chronic pain depression medications? I can't take SSNRIs (tachycardic) and I'm already on the GABAs… sad face

  44. In all honesty It’s been years since I haven’t had just one day where I wasn’t in pain.its hard to wake up in pain everyday

  45. I suffer from avascular necrosis (AVN), which is basically where I have holes in my bones and the holes that we have found is from my hips down to my ankles in all the bones as I like to call it my bones are like Swiss cheese. My chronic pain was cause by treatment for leukaemia, my mental health has been so bad to the point where I don’t want to get out of bed or do anything because I know that I’m going to be in pain while doing it and I’m going to have to spend ages recovering from doing a simple thing such as simply shopping. I have been told many times by doctors even though they know what caused it that I’m making the pain up or that the pain can’t be as bad you are saying it is. I have also been told that I will be on morphine for the rest of my life and I am 16 and I was diagnosed with my chronic pain at age 11, and I have also been told that I will just have to live with the pain because there is nothing that can be done even though there is, it is a constant battle because as well as the pain I have bad depression so we are trying to find where the treatment is in my country (I’m from England) and if not I’m going to go over to America to get the treatment. I hate having the constant battle and feeling like I can’t talk to anyone because I hate complaining to people cause I know that others have so much worse than me

  46. My pain specialist gave me a diagnosis that my family doctor won't back up, he treats me with such disrespect. I've lived in extreme pain for 18 years, and have given up on relationships. Canadian shrinks are clueless about this type of depression, I just want to finish raising my kids then I can do whatever I need to do since medics aren't helping.

  47. Great vid 1st time here. I have numerous medical issues that cause chronic pain. Except for my migraine med I don’t take any pain meds as I am allergic to pain meds. Actually had to go through DNA test to see what if any meds I can take. For pain I use s tens unit but usually burn myself from overuse
    Today When I stand up I am bent at my waist. Live alone no family and my closest friend deserted me as I was no fun to be around because of my med issues
    I see a psychologist we talk but psyche meds scare me
    So I am trying to handle a house and pets alone. I only go out to go shopping & doc appts no life whatsoever 🙁

  48. Im in Australia and I suffer from Chronic pain due to a partly severed nerve in my spine. I been 13 years searching for treatment, seen 14 general practioners 2 neuroligists, 3 pain specialists and several alternitive theripists. Ive spent tens of thousands of dollars all up in a depsperate search for a managable pain level. Instead Im stuck in bed day in and day out because even the smallest movement sends pain like bolts of lightening in my veins down my legs. Im now severely depressed to the point of suicide atttempts and still cant get the help I need on any level. Ive told my current Doctor plus hospital emergency staff and still they do nothing to help. The only councilling I was ever offered in 13 years was 6 1hr sessions with a counsellor on Neauroplasticity. I sat there being told it was all in my head and I could learn to control it. Total BS at the level of pain Im in there is no way anyone can ignore or switch off pain as described to me when its so bad you want to die. I honestly dont know what else to do or where to turn for help…I just keep getting turned away…

  49. I'm in bed all the time, and yet it's a rare occasion when I get actual good sleep. There is also a price to pay for that.. Nightmares are how I awaken each time, due to going past my medication tImes. Anxieties come with territory now also. They like to hang out with my new depressions. It's hard to remember what life was like before my Snowmobile accident back in 2013. Permanent nerve damage ain't no joke. And when my Grandma use to tell us we were getting on her nerves, I don't think she had any idea.. In all seriousness what do you all do to avoid the dark thoughts

  50. This has been helpful to me.I have chronic back pain caused by a spinal injury.I am getting a great deal of support from my doctors,but it never occurred to me that depression has been a serious side effect of my chronic pain.

  51. I suffer from three chronic illnesses and all cause chronic pain. I 100% agree that these things can lead to depression because its happening to me. I have an amazing support system however the daily pain has made it tough to look on the bright side of things.

  52. I have anxiety and depression. I've finally got it under controlled, until I was tested positive for an autoimmune disease. My mom has lupus. A diseases that attacks your kidneys, and joints. You are in constant pain everyday. From the moment you wake up till the moment you go to bed, and even then you can wake up in the night because of the pain. My mother was told from the age of 18 to 40 that she was making up, or its in her head. But she knew it was lupus. I always say that chronic pain is not a death sentence its a life sentence, I have never been normal because of my anxiety, now I have another bump in my path that I will jump over. Everyday is a battle but I'm glad I have a person that understands my pain alot better then most doctors.

  53. what she's talking about is chronic pain onset from depression but i have chronic pain from two botched hip surgeries and they put me on medications to try to manage the pain and it messes with my mental health. soooo it's the chicken or the egg sometimes and mine is the pain is actually causing the depression

  54. I’m only 26 and I do very believe I’m suffering from depression I’m always in pain barley could sleep I over think to much I’m always paranoid and even my children say I’m to paranoid and that I think to much i here and there cry a lot and not knowing exactly why am I crying feeling very down don’t have no motivation

  55. Hi well I’m confused I have panic attacks always tired and always aching my body always sore too dr. is this related to chronicle Fatigue pain? ? I’m really not sure if I have clinical fatigue

  56. Chronic pain is like a night without end,you eventually lose hope that things will ever get better.The only way out is to take back control of your own life and put your trust in a higher power.That is the only way I can get through each day.

  57. I'm finding that the medical community, our families, friends, employers, etc., just don't get how our daily lives are affected by chronic pain. I have trigeminal neuralgia (which is but one of a long list of health issues I have), and my life is HUGELY impacted by it. Even when it is just at a low ebb, I'm still in pain every day. Most of the time people don't even know I have anything wrong. Then when it flares badly, I can hardly talk, or chew food — it will literally stop me cold. The pain is so bad (it's a searing burning pain in my face and jaw) all I can do is stand or sit still and try not to cry. My doctor doesn't ask about it, my friends are aware but far away, I can't always call and if I could I can't speak anyway because the pain gets worse with talking. I wish people understood this goes WAY beyond being able to cope. I get mentally enraged at the world not understanding. And I feel alone.

  58. I shattered my ankle last April and almost lost my ankle. It became infected and was in the hospital for 4 months. When I got discharged I asked my doctor where my pain meds were and he told me to get use to the pain. If I wasn't in probation I would of knocked him out. I'm in pain 24/7 and the strongest pain meds docs prescribe me is Tylenol with codeine. It's a joke. I don't know what to do.the pain gets so bad sometimes I feel suicidal. The health system is broken and doctors don't care about us who suffer from chronic pain. They look at like drug addicts

  59. I am turning 19 this year and I’ve had a chronic tension headace for about 5-6 years.
    I went to a specialised chronic pain hospital a year ago. There, I learned for the first time that I was not imagining my pain. There were a lot of people like me and also a lot of people with much worse chronic pain (chronic migranes, cluster headaces). It was so good to finally have people believe me! Also people around me in daily life seemed to realise: “oh she’s going to a hospital. Maybe she really does have headaces”.
    But other than that, my stay at that hospital was a little dissapointing. They mostly talked about how to make life with chronic pain better (Eat well, sleep well, exercise, keep yourself distracted from the pain), theese things I was already doing. They helped a little bit but noone really talked about getting rid of the pain. I know for tension headaces it is possible. I did get amitriptyline to help my body re-build its serotonin level -> for my kind of pain, serotonin is what my body is missing to ‘filtrate’ what pain must be felt by the body, and what not. At least so I was told. (english is not my fist language, hope this makes sense)

    So the drug helped for a year (wich was great!) but my body did not start to produce enough serotonin on its own again. So after a little bit of research I am considering trying different methods. Reducing stress, mediate / yoga, doing domething creative regularily, working out a lot more…. this may sound silly but right now it’s the only idea I have left. I know I’m having too much stress in my life and this might be a way to battle that.

    Anyways, this is probably only interesting for people who are like me,
    I just want to say I do reccommend theese specialised hospitals/ therapists because they to give a lot of intformation and you meet other people who are just like you and understand your situation. But just know that the healing process is probably a lot longer than that.

  60. With the school topic, it is extremely extremely difficult to get anything done. I have missed so many days of school because of my pain. I need help out of bed pretty much everyday because of my pain. It makes me frustrated but also it makes my teachers frustrated. It is hard to communicate with teachers because my brain gets foggy which makes teachers angry. It is a hard cycle to have when I’m in my senior year of high school and I actually had to leave my school last year because of my pain. It’s very frustrating and hard to get much done

  61. Thank you for this video. I've been suffering from chronic back pain and I feel my depression increasingly difficult to manage. It's such a scary and dark place to be in and this has really helped to calm myself down.

  62. I have chronic migraines and have sciatica and arm pains. I cannot get myself together most days lately. And the depression is getting bad

  63. I need a hip and back operation and on lots of meds I can’t even leave my bed little alone my house ,NHS cutbacks mean I need to suffer ….. now after 3 years I’m stuggling with mental health issues I cry everyday and feel like I’ve been left on the scrap heap at 44 years old

  64. i have been struggling with chronic back pain for 16 years. it got worse over the years. when i was 15 it started to seriosly affect my life. i developed a strong depression. i also developed some anxiety feelings: i fear pain, because sometimes it gets worse. because i went swimming, because i went out for a walk, because i had to stand for some time. i am not able to stand for more than half an hour, so i would never never ever be able to work in a shop where you have to stand nicely. sitting is also uncomfortable. studying means pain to me. concentrating is difficult. so i procrastinate. i am 23 now and i feel like a failure because studying is so hard. waking up is so hard, everything is painful. i went to a doctor today and i will get an operation in october. i just hope the pain will end. i am so scared of pain. i am a woman and i dont want to have kids just because i know my back would hurt tremendously. whenever i look for a job i have to make sure that my body would be able to bear it. i feel like someone with a disability that no one can see. i know that many people suffer from back pain but my pain is a little bit different from the "pain" of the others. it never goes away. it never fades. it will just get worse. one intervertebrvl disc broke, it spilled and reabsorbed so that two vertebrae are scratching each other. it is ok if you are 80. not if you are a young lady. the other doctors were shocked but did NOTHING to help me. i need an operation. i do not need physiotheraphy. now i just hope that i would feel less pain.

  65. I pulled my chest cavity muscle about 10 months ago and it formed health anxiety. Everything I do like eating, doing too much with my body it freaks me out. I hurt everyday in my chest and stomach and I feel like I am slowly dying. I'm 16 years old and my parents have control over what I do. I feel stuck in life.

  66. I could have believed this before I got my brachial plexus injury….but now even if I pretend not to be in pain I always I'm in pain LMAO… Life sucks, oh well..

  67. Took me two years to get the doctors to take action and give me an mri and turns out I have slipped discs the pain is so bad most days I wish I was dead

  68. I suffer from Transverse Myelitis as well as optic nerve inflammation/swelling for the last few months. Was partially paralyzed, pass out from headaches/pain, and can no longer do anything I used to enjoy. As a highschool student who is/was a straight A student and athlete, its been hard.

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