Do you suffer from Migraines or chronic back pain?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Do you suffer from Migraines or chronic back pain?
Thu, 05-23-2013 - 8:43am

According to Health Day News, those who suffer from migraines or chronic back pain may be at higher risk for suicide. "People who endure chronic migraines or back pain are more likely to attempt suicide, whether or not they also suffer from depression or another psychiatric condition, according to a new study.

"Clinicians who are seeing patients with certain pain conditions should be aware they are at increased risk of suicide," said study co-author Mark Ilgen, of the Veterans Affairs Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center in Ann Arbor, Mich." read more

Your thoughts?


Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Thu, 06-06-2013 - 8:52am

I believe it...I think when it (the Pain) just becomes too overwhelming too much to cope and or deal with anymore...

There are so many people suffering needlessly and so much misunderstanding and miscommunication among patients and health-care providers.

HOPE is what I hold on to and I keep hanging in...Hold On Pain Ends...

Just for ONE day I would love for someone who doesn't have RA or OA or Depression or Heart Disease or Psoriasis to walk in my shoes...

Then maybe then they would understand...just maybe...

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-06-2000
Sun, 06-16-2013 - 1:10pm

I've noticed that just having any chronic physical problems, from back pain and migraines to allergies and asthma, can increase your suicide risk.  I think the pain and frustration a chronic illness inflicts changes how your brain works, making it harder to deal with normal stressors and problems.  Plus, some of the medications used to treat chronic pain can increase your suicide risk as well.  I think what's key is knowing that your physical problems can affect your mental stability, and have a plan for when things get hard.  It really helps if you have one or two trustworthy people in your life who can be sounding boards, too.  

I am a nurse, and I see so many people with chronic pain who also suffer from anxiety and depression, and sadly, many people think the pain is a result of those issues.  The fact is, people could do with a lot less medication if the health system focused on wellness vs. treating diseases.  Anyone diagnosed with a chronic physical illness could greatly benefit from some form of therapy or life coaching, teaching coping skills, alternative treatments, meditation, lessons on how to deal with people who see you looking "fine" and question the legitimacy of your illness, etc.