Even though living with chronic pain is a challenge for everyone, it is exceptionally hard for those with children. As if managing your pain was not enough, you also have to keep up with kids who may not necessarily understand your limitations. Whether you’re the proud parent of a newborn or raising a teenager, chronic pain can make accomplishing everyday parenting tasks seem like an impossible feat. Living with the limitations of chronic pain can severely impact family relations. To avoid losing touch with your children, follow these tips to help you parent with chronic back pain.
Honesty is essential when speaking with your kids. For those who are younger, there are many age-appropriate books available to help explain chronic ailments. Additionally, allow your children time to talk about their feelings and concerns while reassuring them that their parents are always available, no matter your level of pain. Maintaining an open dialogue will help your children feel understood and valued.
Have a plan when it comes to attending large events or going on vacation. Schedule in time for rest before and after each activity to limit pain. Also consider carrying a take-along bag that has comfort items like supportive cushions and blankets. It is also helpful to take your medication before starting the activities of the day to help treat the pain before it becomes too intense.
Often times, pain patients feel a sense of grief for things they can no longer do. However, there are solutions in order to keep positivity in your life when it comes to your children. For example, you may not be able to chase your children around the yard but you could take them to a park to play with friends. Don’t consider your condition a limitation, but rather an opportunity to pursue alternative ventures.
It is also beneficial to enlist the help of your friends, family, and community whenever necessary. Having help with driving, cooking, or even allowing your child to have a playdate or sleepover at a friend's house can provide you with much-needed rest opportunities.
We understand that your chronic back pain has a significant impact on your daily life. The pain experts at Pain Specialty Group can analyze your specific ailments and pursue minimally invasive treatment options as well as innovative therapies to help improve your quality of life. Living without chronic pain is a possibility. Book an appointment here.