The only thing worse than struggling with chronic back pain is watching your partner have to deal with it. Seeing someone you love face a daily battle with pain can leave you feeling helpless. But there are ways that you can make your partner’s life a whole lot easier.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, our Fareham chiropractor shares some great tips on supporting your partner through the challenges of living in chronic pain…
1: Talk Openly About It
Brushing the subject of chronic pain under the carpet is about as useful as a pair of fingerless oven gloves. Be mindful that chronic pain can lead to a sense of loneliness and isolation, so when your partner wants to talk about their pain, be sure to be available with a listening ear.
2: Recognise Pain Triggers
Your partner may try to push through discomfort which could lead to worsened pain. Take a mental note of situations that cause/ worsen your partner’s symptoms.
3: Encourage Fun
Chronic pain does not necessarily mean that your partner feels the same level of pain every day. Your partner may even feel better/ worse at certain times of the day. During good days or less symptomatic periods, encourage your partner to do fun things instead of everyday mundane chores.
4: Watch Out for Non-Verbal Pain Cues
Remember that your partner doesn’t talk about their pain each and every time they feel it. Keep an eye out for any non-verbal pain cues, such as facial expressions, slowed gait or groaning. Ask your partner how they feel during these situations and offer a helpful hand.
5: Take a Joint Approach to Treatment
Understanding your partner’s pain will make it easier for you to show empathy and provide support. If you are able to, consider going along to your partner’s health care visits so that you can learn more about your partner’s condition and what activities should be encouraged.
Valentine’s Day may be around the corner, but showing real love is so much more than chocolates and red roses.