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Chronic pain

Pain and depression

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Orangesandlemons77 · 14/02/2023 20:51

Does anyone else find sometimes doctors can put pain down to depression?

I have had this in the past and it worries me because some of the underlying causes of pain have and can be serious. It concerns me that they might not take my pain seriously in future.

It hasn't helped that I have had adhesions post surgery which some surgeons seem to dismiss as not causing pain.

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Orangesandlemons77 · 14/02/2023 21:14

I'm struggling with pain and fatigue atm and think maybe depression getting worse too, but I don't want to mention it in case they start dismissing the pain.

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mynameiscalypso · 14/02/2023 21:16

I have the reverse whereby depression is considered to be a result of pain. There is a relation between the two clearly.

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Orangesandlemons77 · 14/02/2023 21:24

That's true, I mean it makes sense doesn't it. It's depressing having chronic pain. I am a bit less sure about depression causing pain, I think stress and anxiety and possibly depression can make pain worse sometimes. But I thunk some doctors feel pain can be just psychosomatic sometimes.

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mynameiscalypso · 14/02/2023 21:27

Sorry, I got distracted and only half answered. I think anxiety can clearly have some physical symptoms but I think it's less clear cut with depression. It may be that depression makes you feel worse though and/or don't do things that would make your pain more manageable eg I know I might feel better if I did some light exercise but sometimes the depression wins and I hibernate in bed. Both are shit though, you have my sympathy!

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