Low Back Pain (cont.)
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Coping With Chronic Back Pain
Low back pain can take a toll on your mental health. You may feel fear, frustration, and anger or have depression and anxiety because of ongoing pain. Those common reactions can make your pain last even longer. If pain is starting to get you down:
Emotional support is important
Depending on others for emotional support is a normal part of life. You may have to lean on friends and family when facing difficult situations caused by chronic pain or other problems. Your loved ones can play an important role in supporting your recovery. Your doctor and community also may give you extra support.
Asking for support from others is not always easy. It can be hard to tell someone about your problems. But you should not be afraid to ask for help.
Where you can get support
Your loved ones can offer support by:
Having trouble getting support from friends and family? There are steps you can take to make your social support stronger.
Having chronic back pain can make exercising, even walking, difficult. Being active is often the last thing you want to think about.
But the truth is that easing back into daily activity and physical therapy exercises can help relieve back pain and can lead to long-term improvement for low back pain.11
So be as active as you can. Take short walks as often as you can. Talk to a physical therapist about exercises you can do.
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