Chronic back pain and depression are
two of the most common health problems encountered by doctors.
Depression is by far the most common
emotion associated with chronic back pain; this type of depression
goes beyond the usual sadness and can include a variety of
symptoms including poor appetite or significant weight loss.
Sleep problems can also occur ranging
from not enough sleep to too much sleep.
Loss of interest.
Decrease in sex drive.
Feeling of worthlessness or guilt.
In a recent study it was found that
the rate of major depression increased in a linear fashion
with greater pain severity. (Curries and Wang 2004)
Depression is much more common in-patients
with chronic back problems than patients with acute short-term
A person with chronic back pain usually
suffers from any of these symptoms listed below:
• Difficulty sleeping due to
• Social isolation as movement is restricted and painful
meaning patients tend to spend more and more time at home
• Financial difficulties can occur and an inability
to move could result in time off work.
• Chronic back pain means that usually the patient is
prescribed painkillers which may have side effects.
• A constant pain can cause memory or concentration
Patients with chronic back pain report
that they have limitations in family and social life. These
restrictions include limitation on patients to do household
chores, take care of children and also leisure activities.