When Your Spouse Suffers from Chronic Pain- How to Make Their Life Better


Living with chronic pain is life-altering, and watching your spouse live with the pain can be devastating. You’ve probably watched them in their lowest moments, helped them get medical care, but still, you feel like you’re not doing enough. If you wonder how you can help your spouse live a more meaningful life, here are a few tips. 

Get them a Chiropractor

Your partner may have tried all the medical interventions and drugs you can think of and might not be willing to go through another trial, but a holistic approach to their pain can be the solution you’ve been looking for. Get a Chiropractor, and you will be assured of drug-free health care that will enable your partner’s body to start the healing process from within. It is safe, has no side effects, and it’s also a great way to improve mobility, mood, blood flow, and energy levels. 

Lovingly talk to your partner about this approach to their treatment plan. Even if they are going through a conventional treatment program, seeing the medical expert will not affect anything but will instead boost and quicken the healing process. 

Get to Understand their Pain

Most people, especially men, do not like exposing their pain unless it’s unbearable.

When your partner has lived with the pain for a long time, it gets to a point where they think they are a bother when they ask for favors or complain about it. Let your partner know and see that you care and are there for them. Try to learn their body language to detect when they are in pain and its scale.

Recognizing their pain will help you understand some of their struggles. 

Be Supportive

People living with chronic pain need a lot of physical and emotional support.

They might not be able to do some things independently, and basic tasks such as dressing can be tedious. Understand your partner’s struggles and be supportive. Remember to include them in your day’s plans and make sure you consider their needs, wishes, and preferences.

You may have to adjust your lives to make your partner’s life more manageable but understand that every supportive step you make can significantly improve their quality of life. 

Respect Physical Limitations

Chronic pain is unpredictable.

You never know when your partner will have good or bad days. Sometimes, they may be in the middle of an activity, and the pain strikes, forcing them to stop everything and rest. Understand your spouse and don’t try to force them to do anything they don’t want.

You cannot gauge their pain level accurately; therefore, when they suddenly say they want to lie down, discontinue an activity or take medication, respect their wishes. 

Also, somedays, they may be incapable of handling simple activities they manage well. Don’t judge or criticize but offer help to make the situation better. 

Living with chronic pain is hard, but your partner can live a more meaningful life with love and quality care.

Remember to watch out for signs of depression and get immediate help when you suspect your partner is depressed. Chronic pain can quickly lead to depression; therefore, always be on the alert. 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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