How can being independent make my pain worse?

There are different levels of independence, and like all things, there can be too much of a good thing. Some people are extremely independent, sometimes to the point that they don't realize that this independence is causing more harm than good. Some by avoiding the issue, pretending it's not there, and then they don't have to deal with it. However, that's not realistic if pain is affecting their life.

There are people who see asking for help as being weak, showing that they are not able to care for themselves. Others feel that taking medications is a sign of weakness too. These types of things are what works against you if they are causing you to experience more pain. If accepting help, be it a ride to physiotherapy, or a helping hand to do the chores around the house, is difficult for you, then this could be affecting your pain, making it worse.

Laura S. Porter, MD, et al. Attachment and Pain: Recent Findings and Future Directions. In Pain. April 2007. Vol. 128. Issue 3. Pp 195-198.



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