Is Pain Making You Angry?

Is Pain Making You Angry?


It is not easy to suffer from intermittent or ongoing pain. Anyone who is in pain knows there is an emotional aspect to suffering and it is not always a simple chain of circumstances. Some people bury their anger, but they are angry nonetheless. Some turn their anger into depression because anger is scarier than depression. People also fear their anger will control them – making them behave badly, start fights, go into a destructive rampage.

Anger can come from fear, jealousy, frustration, grief, and depression, all of which are very common when someone is in pain. They fear ongoing pain and changes the pain will impose on them. People in pain are envious of those who are not.

People in pain cannot always do some of the activities they used to enjoy, which is very frustrating. People also must grieve the loss of their pain-free selves. Always seek medical help if pain persists by calling 619-333-8114.

While people fear the loss of control by being angry, the dynamics can go the other way. For some, anger is the emotion to use to gain control of their circumstances. Instead of anger prompting the loss of control, they feel they must be angry to seize back some of the control over their lives that they feel is slipping away.


In the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental health disorders – the book used to diagnose various emotional and cognitive disorders – there are several diagnoses that fall under the category of impulse-control problems. Losing impulse control can be a way to describe kleptomania (compulsive stealing), pyromania (setting fires), and other behaviors, such as stalking and hoarding. Personality disorders include oppositional defiant disorder, explosive disorder, conduct disorder, and others.

One study found that 10 percent of chronic pain patients qualified for a diagnosis of the intermittent explosive disorder. While the good news is that these patients have to control over their anger some of the time, they have a tendency to explode at unpredictable times.

Social and Legal Ramifications

Anger is one of those emotions that has a strong correlation to your circumstances, not because of the problems in your life, but because of the problems you perpetuate. You could be angry that your plans didn’t work out, only to find your anger is driving away some of your friends. Now you are in a position in which your plans didn’t work out and you are being ostracized – two problems out of one. According to the journal Practical Pain Management, “Anger may function as a predisposing factor, but may also be a precipitation, exacerbating or perpetuating factor in pain.” In other words, anger could cause you pain or problems, but then the anger itself worsens the pain or problems and keeps them going.

Anger and health

Many studies show a high correlation between anger and health problems. Anger is not healthy for your heart, your muscles, your nervous system, your digestive system, your blood pressure, your ability to fall asleep, or get good rest when you do. It can lower your autoimmune system, making you more vulnerable to illnesses.

On the other hand, many people ask what can they do with their anger? Anger is real. There are things we should be angry about.

As a guideline, of course, consider the points at which your anger does harm to yourself, your family, or your friends and acquaintances. Friends and family usually understand the anger and appreciate your being honest about it, but the lines get quickly crossed when it becomes self-destructive – usually when it turns from an emotional state to one that is controlling your behaviors.

Some effective solutions

  • Take a walk
  • Talk to a friend or a therapist
  • Try to make a positive out of a negative
  • Take a healing or a corrective position on the issue
  • Write in a journal about your anger.
  • Own your emotional state (by using “I” statements)
  • Get some exercise
  • Take a break from the problem
  • Drink a calming non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Use humor to change your perspective on the problem

If pain delivers you anger and could not concentrate at work, at home, and for your daily living. It is better to contact a pain management clinic such as Pacific Medical Care.

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