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Mental vs Physical Pain

Discussion in 'PTSD Polls' started by cypher, May 20, 2008.

  1. cypher

    cypher Active Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Thought I'de try a poll question. Not sure if it'll turn out right, so I apologize in advance. But which is worst for you, mental or physical pain. For me, mental pain lasts much longer than physical pain, however both turn up (regardless of if I'm injured or not) They're kind of interlocked, where the mental brings about the physical as if I was reliving things again. Also, some things about my trauma were far more mental than physical and vise versa.

    But I would say mental because it's the remimder, it's kind of the force behind the pain so to say? I'm not thinking straight now (or ever).. If this dos'nt make any sense, sorry!
  2. goingonhope

    goingonhope Member
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    Oct 1, 2006
    Of these choices, I must say it's the mental pain which has lasted longer than physical for me. And, seeing that my mental pains: terror & horror of reliving, psyche anguish, and mass mental conflict/confusion and previous SI anguish, has ....(far more previously than any presently).... manifested itself in many detrimental ways, ....yes, it's always the mental pain which is worse for me, and in many instances precedes my physical pains.
  3. anthony

    anthony Here! There! Nowhere!
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    Sep 3, 2005
    Physically I am fit... mental... that is PTSD after all...
  4. She Cat

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    Jul 5, 2007
    Mental pain, emotional pain.....That's what gets to me the most. The physical I can deal with.
  5. cactus_jack

    cactus_jack Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2007
    You can better deal with the mental issues if you are physically well. IMO.
  6. pandora

    pandora I'm a VIP

    Feb 25, 2007
    I think that is why I am having such a hard time...my physical self feels like it is falling apart sometimes.
  7. Marlene

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    Oct 16, 2006
    My mental pain brings on the physical pain. And the mental pain usually outlasts the physical pain.

    I agree with Catus Jack that you can better deal with the mental issues if you're physically well. This is why I work so hard to keep myself physically well. But sometimes, no matter what you do to help yourself, you're just overwhelmed by the mental pain and have to ride it out and deal with the fallout.

  8. Lucky Laser

    Lucky Laser Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2008
    I chose mental pain as being worse. Maybe its because I haven't experienced horrible physical pain. I've had a few surgeries and didn't need any pain killers stronger than Ibuprofen. But emotional pain hurts down to the core of my being. It is the only type of pain that has had me crying for days or wishing I could just sleep for a few weeks.
  9. TLight

    TLight I'm a VIP

    Mar 7, 2008
    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue prior to PTSD, but I've had PTSD my whole life, I'm sure.
    The years and years of fatigue and pain, sleepness were a horrific secondary wounding from the abuse. I still deal with the fatigue, 15 years now. I got sick at 29, now I'm 43, feel 83 on most days....but I'm not going to lose hope.
    It sucks, all in all, the whole thing sucks.
    The physical stuff adds to the mental pain, but I"m sure the mental pain caused the physical stuff. Vicious cycle. Feel like the traumas stole my whole life sometimes....but I'm still 'keeping on keeping on'
  10. rachey

    rachey New Member

    May 25, 2008
    I'm 18 y/o but I physically feel like I'm 80.
    Aside from my RND and arthritis, I have severe chronic back pain.
    Even when physical pain is at it's worse, I don't feel like I am extremely disabled. But when my mental pain is at it's worse, I feel like I'm just an empty shell with life sucked out from every possible angle.

    mental is worse by far.
  11. pandora

    pandora I'm a VIP

    Feb 25, 2007
    Oh...I answered other because I have both.....they both seem terrible and one is feeding off the other. I have a spinal cord/back injury......I have to deal with pain first, I think...
  12. moog

    moog Active Member

    Apr 11, 2008
    I have both and the physical pain is so great at times that it causes mental pain. So I chose physical.
  13. FightingLily

    FightingLily Active Member

    May 17, 2008
    I chose mental, physical pain heals faster
  14. Cecilia

    Cecilia Active Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    IMO, mental pain is definitely more diffcult. I think partly because others can see symptoms and understand physical illness and injuries. Mental pain may be more isolating. It is hard for me to understand my own thoughts at times.
  15. brokenchild

    brokenchild Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2008
    I said mental. I'd much rather be in physical pain than mental pain, which was a problem when I was younger.
  16. blindspot

    blindspot New Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    I am new to this PTSD blog. I have been alone here in Nashville and within my circle of community. But hearing from you guys who have gone through and still going through what is happening to me, I feel so not alone. MY MENTAL PAIN IS SO UNBARING AT TIMES, AND MY PHYSICAl PAIN DRIVES ME CRAZY BECAUSE MY EXPECTAtions on myself and others on me. My closes people who I need as part of my life still can't understand this "invisible" suffering.(sorry for the caps, I accidently push caps and I don't want to erase and type over). Thanks for having this blog and allowing me to part of it.
  17. vietnam2nd

    vietnam2nd Active Member

    Jul 3, 2008
    it was hard for me to choice i finally took physical pain has i suffer from cronic pain. my ptsd keeps me up and so does my mental pain. i now i would have voted both if that had been an option. both keep me awake for days i take lots of meds for both of them. so for me it is both thats why i had a hard time choice with one it was. if i choice physical like i did it don't make my mental better if i would have choosen mental it don't stop my physical pain from keeping me awake also. my exwife told me i scream in my sleep because of my ptsd and my chronic pain got so bad that the pain pills didn't work.
  18. JustJane

    JustJane Active Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    I've never been good with pain. But when I felt betrayal and personal loss, it was more severe than anything physical before or since.

    Sticks and stones will break bones but they will heal. When you hurt my feelings, my sadness lingers on and on.
  19. xxarmywifexx

    xxarmywifexx Active Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Even though I feel pain physically, mentally I'm a mess.
  20. Junebug

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    Sep 6, 2008
    I can stand physical pain right to the point of passing out- haven't cried over anything physically since about 6 years old, even if it makes me throw up or needs a fair amount of stitches (which I never go to get).

    But emotional pain, I'm a mess.
    I don't know if it's because of the severity of the pain, or just the lack of tolerance to it.
  21. jeapea

    jeapea Active Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    I can heal from broken bones and bruises. My heart and spirit are another matter.....