Pain can be defined as:
Pain is very complex and there are many reasons why your child might experience pain. There are also different types of pain.
We are all familiar with ‘acute’ pain which occurs as a result of an injury like a sprained ankle. This type of pain will normally have resolved within 3 months.
Watch this video if you would like to know more about persistent or chronic pain.
The diagram shows the impact that chronic pain can have on a child or young person. The pain can cause difficulty sleeping and the resulting tiredness impacts on school attendance and causes a reduction of activity which has an impact on relationships with friends and family and causes frustration and a low mood.
The effects of sleep, stress, anxiety and depression (like in many other conditions) are closely linked to pain. Sometimes it can be helpful to think of pain as like a volume switch. There may be things that you find ‘turn up’ (or amplify) the volume of your pain, like certain movements, activities or when you are feeling stressed.
Practicing strategies that can help us to cope with stress and help with wellbeing can also be helpful for managing pain too.
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