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The Psychological Impact of Chronic Pain.

Depression- Dealing with pain day after day can lead to hopelessness and depression.  If the depression is ignored, it can magnify and make physical and emotional recovery more difficult.

  1. Anxiety and Stress- People suffering from chronic pain can become anxious, even in lower pain times, anticipating the return of the pain. This can lead to increased stress in the day to day life.

  2. Moodiness and Irritability- Inuring a chronic pain condition can lead to moodiness and irritability.  This can be seen sometimes in resentment towards others who do not have chronic pain.

  3. Decreased Cognitive Function- Daily thought process can be effected.  If anyone has had a bad headache that caused them to not be able to think clearly, this is similar to what many chronic pain patients experience daily.

  4. Insomnia and Fatigue- Chronic pain can cause difficulty sleeping due to high pain levels. This can cause the chronic pain patient to be sleep deprived which in turn can cause fatigue. 


If any of the above applies to you, please let your provider at NovaSpine Pain Institute know.  We will work with your Primary Care Physician to arrange any care that you require.  At NovaSpine we are aware that successful management of pain may require a number of different medical disciplines.  We care about every aspect of your pain.

Shauna Papa, RN Shauna Papa has been working with Dr. Baker as his nurse for 3 years now. She enjoys working closely with him to develop plans of care to help people in pain. Her favorite aspect of her job is seeing her patients return to their lives after receiving relief from debilitating pain conditions. She participates yearly in Pain Week in Las Vegas where she keeps up on all of the the latest advancements in pain management. Prior to working in pain management, Shauna worked extensively in trauma and emergency medicine both in the Phoenix area, and in Denver. In her time away from the office, Shauna enjoys spending time with her husband Randy and their 3 dogs Shilo, Ozzy and Baxter. She is a football fan and in keeping with her Denver roots, is a Denver Bronco super fan.

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