Physical intimacy is a necessity in life. Sexual intimacy combined with a person’s sexuality, are the basis for human connection. But if you’re currently suffering from chronic pain, your relationships, and sexual life are likely being impacted. While a silent issue, you’re not the only one living with this condition. According to the National Centers for Health Statistics, 76.2 million people are suffering from chronic pain in the United States.
But there is good news: By finding the root of the cause and talking to a Phoenix pain specialist, you can learn to cope with pain and improve your quality of life.
First, it is important to communicate. Don’t be embarrassed to speak with your doctor about problems with sexual intimacy or function, especially when there’s pain involved. Tell them if the chronic pain occurs continually, or does not happen during sex, and don’t feel awkward about sharing details. It is also important to communicate with your partner about how you feel. Let them know what you need, and be willing to listen to their side of the story. They may feel pain by seeing you physically hurt. Talk to your partner about both your fears and your desires.
Next, look internally and self-examine your sexuality and chronic pain. Your physical pain may leave you feeling undesirable or unwanted, so your self-esteem may be at risk. Don’t become stressed about how your partner may feel. It is important to not let chronic pain inside your head or your heart. Counseling may be an option for those who feel like the chronic pain is slowly creeping into their emotional lives.
Finally, take the time to re-ignite the flame with your partner! After coming up with a treatment plan your pain specialist, it is important to share your intimacy with your partner. Take time to get to know each other again. Emotional intimacy may lead to physical intimacy, so having a strong, loving relationship will help. Be creative in your approach to getting to know each other. Try new things you never thought you wanted to! By planning ahead with your pain medication, you can focus on exploring with your partner. Endorphins released from sexual intimacy can actually help you feel better, so don’t be nervous or scared.
To learn more about the pain treatment options available at Summa Pain Care, call (623)776-8686 today.
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