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Living with chronic pain affects every aspect of your life, including your relationship with your spouse. Part of pain management involves accepting that there are going to be changes to that relationship and using them to forge a stronger bond.

Don’t just expect that the other person knows what your needs are. With chronic pain, every day can bring new challenges. Something you were fully capable of doing yourself yesterday is now a task that today seems impossible. Ask your spouse for support and communicate directly what your needs are.

Most of any potential discord is caused when expectations are unmet by either party. Those feelings can begin to infect other areas of the relationship like financial decisions and how best to spend time together.

If you feel that yours or your spouses’ chronic pain are taking a toll on your relationship, it’s essential to address the issue now. Consider tackling treatment as a team. Both partners should learn as much as they can and attend appointments together so that you each are on the same page about the disease and what any limitations for physical activity or household duties might be.

Communication between partners is also essential, and it goes both ways. Sometimes a spouse that is in pain simply wants emotional support. That person also needs to listen to their spouse and make an effort to understand how they’re feeling about the roles and responsibilities they now have.

Dealing with chronic pain can be frustrating, but coping with daily living can become more comfortable when making an effort to have open and honest communication with your loved ones.

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