"Pain is physical AND emotional 100% of the time."
- Dr. Rachel Zoffness
Pain is an experience with biopsychosocial factors, including our emotions.
Often times, people living with chronic pain can become angry and less thankful. There may even be some perceived misjustice, as was in my case.
It can be helpful to let go of the unpleasant emotions like anger, unappreciation, and blame as they can negatively affect the chronic pain experience, disrupt relationships, and worsen our symptoms – turning up the pain volume.
While being forgiving, kind, and grateful won’t magically make the pain disappear; they can help lessen the pain and suffering, foster better health, build self-efficacy, and make life more enjoyable.
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Tom Bowen is a chronic pain patient who turned into an advocate, educator, and collaborator.