Recent studies show that around 14% of people suffering with chronic pain are classified as young adults.
Here, we look at some positive steps that can be taken to support them.
Chronic pain is an invisible illness that can be draining, both physically and mentally. Young people suffering from it can often find it difficult to be taken seriously.
It is important to recognise the best way to support those around us who are suffering, irrespective of their age.
Listen to them
If a young person tells you they are in pain, take them seriously. If they have been experiencing pain for three months or more, help them book an appointment with a GP to discuss their symptoms.
Sometimes, young people are not taken seriously with health related issues, such as chronic pain, as those suffering from it are generally expected to be older. If a young person comes to you seeking advice on how to manage chronic pain, be as understanding and as supportive as you can.
Although rest is very important for those in pain, try to encourage a young person who is suffering to participate in activities if they are able to do so.
Do not be tempted to overprotect the young person with chronic pain. As long as the activity is not worsening their symptoms, getting involved and being more sociable might have a positive effect on their mental health.
By remaining upbeat about their condition, you can help a young person experiencing chronic pain to retain a sense of normality. Be realistic about their pain management, and avoid negative comments.
Chronic pain can impact on mental health, so remaining as positive as possible will help keep spirits high.
A young person can begin to feel isolated when experiencing chronic pain. Help them reach out to others in a similar situation to combat their loneliness. Ask your GP if there are any local support groups the sufferer can attend. There may be Facebook groups where symptoms and experiences can be discussed privately by those suffering from it.
Here at Brian Barr, we understand the distress that living with a condition such as chronic pain can cause and provide these articles so you can remain as informed as possible. If you would like to speak with one of our expert team about claiming compensation, call us for free on 0161 737 9248 or click here to fill in our online contact form.