55 | P a g e 4. BUNZLI 2013 : Coping with chronic low back pain (Strategies to control the ―assault on the self‖) At times I avoid social situations because I don’t want to let anyone down. I also know that there is a social stigma about chronic back pain. Social withdrawal protects me from being seen as someone that I am not. However, it also means that I am isolated and this makes me feel low. I try to fight against the pain and sometimes I do too much. However, I have commitments and some things I have to do whether I have pain or not. CHRONIC PAIN 5. BUNZLI 2013 : Coping with chronic low back pain - Strategies to control the omnipresent, unpredictable nature of pain Pain is always present and unpredictable. I must be careful what I do and pay careful attention to what my body is telling me. I am very cautious about certain movements and avoid certain activities. Although I will take pain medication, I don’t want to become dependent on pills. I also need to think about the side effects which make me feel like I am not quite myself. CHRONIC PAIN 6. BUNZLI 2013 : Coping with chronic low back pain (Acceptance) Despite the “battle” to control my pain and its assault on my sense of self, I know that I need to learn to live with the pain. Although acceptance can fill me with despair, it can also be a turning point to a more hopeful outlook of the future. CHRONIC PAIN 7. BUNZLI 2013 : The Social Construction of chronic low back pain (Strategies to gain credibility) Because others doubt my experience, I need to show that I am a trustworthy and credible person who is not to blame for having pain. I need to balance looking too ill with looking ill enough to be credible. This is very difficult because my pain fluctuates unpredictably. Sometimes I just avoid people to avoid their scrutiny. If I compare myself to other people who have pain I can see that my pain is real. Some people just pretend to have pain. CHRONIC PAIN
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