Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 1125–1132 | Cite as

Existential Meaning of Patients with Chronic Facial Pain

  • Silvia Regina Dowgan Tesseroli de SiqueiraEmail author
Psychological Exploration


Coping strategies are necessary to deal with pain, one of the most disabling conditions. Treatments are often refractory, and the elaboration of existential meaning is necessary to live with residual pain. The objective of this study was to discuss the relevance of the meaning of life in coping with refractory chronic neuropathic facial pain according to singular cases. Each patient is unique and needs a singular approach to understand and treat the pain phenomenon. Self-transcendence, existential issues and philosophical values are central concepts to assess chronic conditions and should be highlighted in medical practice these days.


Chronic neuropathic facial pain Meaning of life Existence Narrative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Regina Dowgan Tesseroli de Siqueira
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Arts, Science and Humanities, Interdisciplinary Pain and Orofacial Pain Groups, Neurology Department, School of MedicineUniversity of Sao Paulo (USP)São PauloBrazil

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