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URMC / Employee Assistance Program / News & Events / UR Medicine EAP Blog / January 2021 / Helping a Loved One Cope with Chronic Pain

Helping a Loved One Cope with Chronic Pain

Over 40% of households have a family member who experiences chronic pain. However, when pain experts focus on helping victims, family members are often overlooked. Family members have a powerful role in helping, but they need support. Do you feel helpless not being able to comfort a family member in chronic pain? You are not alone. Frustration, stress, anxiety, depression, anger—and guilt for being angry—are common family experiences. Your household may feel toxic, cycling between conflict, isolation, and the inability to be an effective and willing support for your loved one. Read the insightful handout "Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person Suffering from Chronic Pain". It hits every key point from how their pain affects you to communication, taking care of yourself, what you can do, reading nonverbal cues, and more. Talk with your EAP about your unique situation.

UR Medicine EAP is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.

Learn More: www.practicalpainmanagement.com [search "family role impact"]

Keith Stein | 1/14/2021

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