5 Things you should Never Say to say to Someone with Chronic Pain

by InnerHour on Sat, 06 May 2017

People with chronic pain may get used to functioning despite it, but that doesn’t mean the pain has gone away.

It could also be better. You cannot simply negate the pain they are enduring. Saying it could be worse almost implies that the person is ungrateful or selfish.

Chronic pain is not always consistent. Just because someone could walk, drive or work yesterday, it doesn’t mean they can today.

30% of people with chronic pain feel that no one believes how much pain they’re in. Psychological factors can make the perception of pain worse, but it doesn’t mean that the experience of pain is not physical and real.

The effect of having pain over a long period of time is very different to someone with a headache or injury and they can’t be compared.

Empathise, offer to help and encourage them to follow through with the prescribed treatment regime. Just be there to listen to and support them.

If you, or anyone you know, is having trouble dealing with chronic pain, don't hesitate to reach out to us. An InnerHour therapist can help you.


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