A person living with chronic pain might become more introverted and less social because it is difficult to keep plans when constantly having to factor in the possibility of having a pain flare, or simply not having the energy to enjoy a social activity after getting through the day.
Do you find it difficult to explain to family, friends or co-workers what it's like to live with chronic pain? Do others ever accuse you of being a hypochondriac, lazy or weak? Do they question your need for opioid medications? If so, you're not alone. Every week I hear from people who are frustrated and discouraged because…