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Social Isolation and Chronic Pain

Posted on November 16, 2018

Living with chronic pain gets lonely. Pain can isolate us by keeping us at home, making us miss out on time with friends and family, or preventing us from working full-time. When we're lonely, we feel like we're the only ones going through it, but this is not true.

On MyChronicPainTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with chronic pain, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Social isolation is one of the top topics most discussed.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about social isolation:

How do you get your motivation back after hitting an all-time low?

Does anyone feel like all you do is get in the way and slow everyone else down? Any advice?

Having dealt with back & neck pain plus Depression for 2 years I'm trying to motivate myself to set SMALL goals. How do you set SMALL goals when you're in pain?

Here are some conversations about social isolation:

"I'm so glad I was BRAVE enough to come back on this site after not chatting or socializing with people online or in person for over a year. After reading several of you all's stories I TEARED UP & REALIZED that I'm NOT alone and MANY people are battling PAIN, ISOLATION, LONELINESS & MENTAL ILLNESS."

"My depression, which I’ve been battling for many months now, is somewhat better. My recovery will be slow, I’m afraid, because of the isolation and self-neglect, but, baby steps, right?"

"My partner left me because of this chronic pain. He left when my job let me go because I couldn't go back to work. I have no chance of any other relationship when I can't even get out of the house."

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to MyChronicPainTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

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