Chronic pain can have a big effect on relationships of all kinds, from friendships to marriages. When your loved one becomes your caregiver, it adds stress to the relationship. Here’s a good article where several women talk about the effect chronic pain has on their relationships. It also urges caregivers to take care of themselves as well as their loved ones. It suggests that caregivers remember the acronym CARE: Communicate, Advocate, Relax and Engage.