Cake and Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain

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I have yet to see the film "Cake" starring Jennifer Aniston but seeing as it is so closely linked to my job I think I shall, and they say work and play don’t mix!

Cake is about "Claire" an acerbic but pleasant woman who has become embittered with her life after surviving a car accident, which killed her child and left her in chronic pain. She becomes fascinated with Nina, another woman with chronic pain who recently committed suicide, visiting her home and befriending her husband and son. Together, Claire and Nina’s husband deal with their losses and become happier people.

Chronic pain is something I come across on a fairly regular basis. It is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches.
Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. Some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the condition.

The symptoms of chronic pain include:

  • Mild to severe pain that does not go away
  • Pain that may be described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical
  • Feeling of discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness

Pain is not a symptom that exists alone. Other problems associated with pain can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleeplessness
  • Withdrawal from activity and increased need to rest
  • Weakened immune system
  • Changes in mood including hopelessness, fear, depression, irritability, anxiety, and stress
  • Disability

I shall let you know what I think of the film!

Sources: Wikipedia and WebMD.

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