Living with Chronic Pain

Romantic Relationships

Chronic pain can put a strain on all relationships. One of the relationships that can feel the most stress as a result is romantic relationships, including marriages. Partners, spouses, fiancés and friends often feel helpless as they watch the one they love suffer from chronic pain. Partner often end up taking over more of the household duties, including parenting. If the individual with chronic pain is no longer able to work, money issues can add more pressure to the relationship. A partner’s understanding or lack thereof, about pain and treatments can lead to estrangement.

Sexual intimacy is an important part of a healthy relationship. Chronic pain and it treatments can have a significant impact on an individual’s interest in sex and their ability to engage in sexual activity. Some medications used for treating pain can reduce an individual's sex drive or their ability to perform by lowering hormones, a quick blood test is all that is needed to address the issue.what is needed to aid this issue. Finding the right position can take time, a bit of research and practice. It may sound unromantic, but preparing ahead of time can help reduce pain. This might include pain medication, using heat, stretching or having the other partner massage a painful area. Finally, a referral to a sex therapist may be needed. Sex therapist (psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers, counselors) are those specially trained in sexual health.

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