Everyone has a story to tell about chronic pain. Everyone! In all my years practicing as a psychologist, I have not heard any person’s experience with chronic pain as being exactly alike. I have mine as others have had theirs. Such is the nature of individual differences and the clear subjectivity of how each person describes their perception of pain.
What’s important to know is that pain is muliti dimensional; that each person is different in their motivation to change their thoughts, feeling and actions about reducing their pain; that one may always have chronic pain; that each person is free to determine specific ways to reduce their chronic pain levels, although some ways are better than others; that a major goal of reducing chronic pain is to lower chronic pain levels from ones physical sensations, life stressors and negative thoughts and emotions, and improve one’s fortitude to deal with one’s chronic pain over time.
Chronic pain is a challenge; not a catastrophe!