Psychosocial Problems and the Chronic Pain Sufferer

An Evidential Perspective on Social Dislocation
  • Ranjan Roy

Chronic illness, and indeed chronic pain, has the potential to turn a patient’s life upside down. Much of what is of value is either compromised or lost. A person derives one’s sense of self from what one does. Social roles are at the very center of one’s identity. It is the loss of valued social roles and interpersonal relations resulting in massive social dislocation that calls for a redefinition of self, a path fraught with struggle and disappointment. Bannerjee (2003) noted that unlike medical and psychological problems, social problems associated with chronic pain are rarely addressed in the literature on chronic pain treatment. However, the emotional cost associated with not performing daily activities for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been noted in the literature (Hommel et al., 2004), as has the fact that these patients often experienced significant deficits across a number of life domains, including work (Katz, 1995), household activities (Allaire et al., 1991),...


Social Support Chronic Pain Family Functioning Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Pain Clinic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranjan Roy
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  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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