I see on here many times things about injections that might hurt , therapy that might hurt, meds that might have side effects and so on.
I don't know if many of the short term sufferers realize what this chronic life is. It's a world of trade offs and a game of percentages and biting the bullet. You always want to avoid making condition worse, injuring yourself worse or creating a large flare. But this life is always a trade off, if you stand any chance of getting better you have to be willing to take risks of a painful injection, a med with a side effect, therapy that might cause some pain , a supplement even has risks etc etc. I am not saying it's easy by any means , but it has to be realized that your life is not often going to be the way you like it in chronic pain. People with other disorders often know they are killing themselves with meds they take, but living 20 more years is worth that to them.
Most of us longterm here know we have to accept some risks and often have to try some radical things once most doors close. We work them out with doctors, accept or do not accept the risk and we go forward or maintain. I see some that post here and I feel for them because I really do not think they have any idea what might be in store and choices they have to make. I didn't understand either early on, but I always had open mind and was willing to sacrifice to get better.
No pain no gain often is not a good saying for us with chronic issues , but a better one is no sacrifice no gain, or no (educated) risks no rewards. It's an individual choice with many of the risks because you and your doctor understand individual issue best so the risksmay not be right for you , but if it's something that is going to cause worse pain for a short period that is going to be one of the easier choices.
The bottom line is that once you enter a "chronic" life there are always going to be trade offs to feel better. It's always that way, for every person , every time. It sucks, but it's reality. For a lot of us it's the hardest thing and will be the hardest thing we will ever endure.
Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.