Depression and chronic pain are closely intertwined. As with many other issues, depression increases pain and pain increases depression in a viscous cycle.

Patients often forget to address their moods when they are trying to manage their pain. It is important to discuss your mood such as depression and anxiety with your doctor during your physician visits.

Many of the pain medications available today can be helpful both in the treatment of depression while helping manage a chronic pain condition. Review your medications with your doctor and together you two can determine if adjuvant pain medications that address pain and depression are an appropriate addition to your regimen.

A valuable tool for chronic pain patients with or without depression includes developing a relationship with a psychologist and/or psychiatrist. They can offer valuable insight and coping tools that should be part of the overall management of your chronic condition.

Please seek immediate medical care if you ever experience any suicidal or homicidal ideations.

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