Pain can sometimes make you feel down or anxious, or like you don't want to do anything. But not doing anything can make you feel more low or worried and actually make the pain worse. This is called the pain cycle.
Pain can make you feel anxious or low in mood, and this can make the pain worse. How you feel about pain can affect how much pain you feel. So people who think a lot about their pain, or worry it won’t improve, can have worse levels of pain. Have a look at the treatments you might have and some other things that can help.
Some research shows a connection between high levels of stress, anxiety and depression and CPPS. Feeling stressed or anxious can cause physical symptoms, leading to a flare-up or making symptoms worse. It’s important to look after yourself and find things that help you to manage your stress levels and feel more in control. Read how other people have dealt with stress and prostatitis.
Pain can sometimes make you feel anxious and stop you from sleeping well. Lack of sleep can have an effect on your mood as well as your energy levels. Talk to your doctor or nurse if something is getting in the way of your sleep – whether it’s pain or other symptoms, or you’re feeling stressed of worried.
Not being active can actually make your pain worse. Physical activity can help some men feel better and could reduce your pain.
Some men find that living with prostatitis makes them feel very low, and this can in turn make your experience of pain worse. There seems to be a connection between high levels of stress, anxiety and depression and CPPS. If you’re feeling stressed or depressed, this may cause physical symptoms that trigger CPPS or make symptoms worse.
Speak to your doctor or nurse if you’re felling very low. They can offer support and may offer medications or refer you to a counsellor as well as other services to help you with your pain.