Coping with Spine Problems and Pain

Adjusting emotionally to your diagnosis and treatment can be difficult for both you and your loved ones. It is a stressful time, but there are some things you can do to make the process easier. The following are some suggestions to consider.

Initially many people feel overwhelmed and in shock. Give yourself some time to absorb all the information you are given. It may be helpful to have a family member or friend present with you during discussions with the medical team so they can also hear the information and ask questions.

Feelings of fear, sadness and anger are normal. It is better not to keep all these feelings to yourself. Consider talking about how you are feeling to a family member or friend with whom you feel close.

To help you cope more effectively, learn about your diagnosis and treatment.

Some medications you may be given can have an effect on your mood. Discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Learn techniques to reduce stress such as meditation, deep breathing, guided imagery, and relaxation. Lowering your stress can help you physically and emotionally.

Don't isolate yourself, as it only tends to intensify feelings. Stay in contact with family and friends; having support can make a difference in your overall well being.

People who have been in pain a long period of time may find it has disrupted coping and stressed relationships. Often psychological support of relationship therapy is helpful.

Consider counseling or participation in a support group. Being able to talk about your feelings, questions, and concerns with people who understand can help in dealing with fears and the demands of treatment.