Chronic pain has a ripple effect — not only does it disrupt your life and force you to manage pain, it also changes your personal relationships. Interactions with your spouse, children, family, and friends alter in ways both large and small due to the physical limitations and emotional strain that come from living with chronic pain. Part of pain management involves accepting these changes and using them to form better and closer relationships with the ones you love. You have to be honest with your loved ones by telling them that you will have good days and bad days. Sometimes you will not be able to attend certain events or get together’s. By learning to better cope and being honest, you will be able to manage your pain better and keep friends and family closer.