Friends and family


Understanding somebody
else’s pain

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts 3 months or longer.
It can stop a person in their tracks, becoming a burden on all their activities. It’s also incredibly difficult for somebody to express.

When a limb is visually broken it’s easier for us to relate to the pain, however, when the pain isn’t visible it can be extremely challenging for a family member or friend to understand and provide the appropriate support.


So, what exactly is chronic pain?

Chronic pain may be caused by damaged nerves that overproduce pain signals. The stronger the signal, the stronger the pain. It currently affects roughly 1.5 billion people worldwide and is most commonly located in the back.1 It can also affect the arms, legs, head, and other locations.

Because the source of chronic pain is often difficult to determine, it can become a very long healing process. Chronic pain is often associated with an illness, accident, or even an injury to nerves, causing false pain signals that feel very, very real.

In some patients, chronic pain also appears without any explanation at all, and for all parties involved this can be quite a troubling time.


Living with a person in
chronic pain?

A day in the life of a person living with chronic pain can be restrictive. Long-time chronic pain patients often find themselves depressed, withdrawn from their friends and family, and reliant on others for even the simplest daily activities.

Many patients try everything from physical therapy and medications to invasive surgeries, only to have their pain return or even made worse by the side effects of those treatments. The road to liberation from chronic pain can feel like a very long one.