Chronic Low Back Pain Can Aggravate with Spouse Hostility

Chronic Low Back Pain Can Aggravate with Spouse Hostility

As per a recent research study conducted at the Rush University in Chicago, people suffering from chronic lower back pain can experience aggravated levels of the condition in case of spouse hostility. The study, carried out by John Burns, Associate Chair for Research, Department of Behavioral Sciences states that the chronic condition of lower back pain can easily be exacerbated if there is an intense lack of understanding and empathy from one’s spouse.

Chronic lower back pain, as the name suggests, plagues the lower back region and carries various easily identifiable symptoms, that include stiffness and decreased movement of the lower back. This particular pain related condition can occur due to a variety of reasons and is also known to be a progressive disorder. People suffering from chronic lower back pain often are marred by arthritis, which not only adds to the pain and discomfort but also makes the treatment a more prolonged one. The three main causes of lower back pain are:

  • Injuries and fractures

  • Surgery

  • High-impact activities including sports

Besides these above-mentioned causes, there exists a variety of environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute towards the onset as well as the aggravation of this condition. Some of these factors include:

  • Lack of daily exercise

  • Stress and clinical depression

  • Overweight

  • Pregnancy

  • Smoking

As per the research, women suffering from spousal hostility and depression were found to be highly susceptible to chronic lower back pain, irrespective of the intensity of criticism and apathy delivered by the spouse.  As per observations, the chronic pain continued to increase for up to four hours after the post-criticism. It has also been noted that pain indicators, such as grimacing, groaning and straining can further lead to additional hostile behavior from the spouse.

According to John Burns, “Most studies of spouse and family interactions with people with chronic pain have focused on the positive effects of adequate social support. These (new) findings point toward the harmful effects of specific negative spouse communication directed toward pain patients.

For the study, 71 couples were roped in and were interviewed for a ten-minute duration. These discussions were primarily focused on spousal perspectives, in regards to the refinement of coping mechanism for patients suffering from degenerative disks, spinal stenosis, and herniated disks.  The entire discussion process was designed to instigate conflict between the patient and his or her spouse. The research team then measured the degree of overt criticism and hostility from the spouse, while simultaneously monitoring the patient’s pain intensity, depressive symptoms and pain behaviors.

The results of the study proved that patients experienced increased levels of pain and furthermore reported a significant escalation in anxiety, anger, and sadness. As the research activity progressed, it was observed that patients with higher depression scores were more prone to increased pain levels as well as more susceptible towards the impact of spousal criticism.


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