Living with someone in pain is tough. As much as you would you like to feel your partner’s pain, you have to accept that you can’t. You can acknowledge that she has pain and that you can help her with her pain.  

Not being able to grasp the pain may be difficult to accept. Pain itself and the full extent of it isn’t possible to comprehend for someone who hasn’t experienced it – even people in similar pain comprehend and cope differently. What you can do is explain to your partner that you hear what she is saying and you welcome if she can tell what might help her ease her pain; fetching her a pillow when she keeps moving about in the couch, or helping her lift heavy items are great examples. You can look for causes of pain and help her avoid them.

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