I believe that anyone living with chronic pain for over 5 years can completely understand where I am going with this one.
When someone is new to chronic pain, they think its the end of the world, their life has stopped, they can never be the person they were before, etc, etc
But it is very interesting to see those same folks after dealing with chronic pain for 5, 7, 10 years they see things in a different light.
Instead of looking at the negatives of pain, they are so thankful for what they do have.
For me, many years ago it was an eye opening. I started physical therapy in a new center and after a few days there, I saw those folks who really had problems. May never walk or talk again, may never get out of a wheel chair and so many of them were in their teens!
If that doesnt make you look at your own situation, nothing else will.
So, while I understand that we are in pain and it can rob so much from us, but stop every once in a while and just think how much worse things can be and why not look at all the things we can be grateful fur!
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences