I don’t read Harry Potter books, but I happened to stumble across this fantastic quote from JK Rowling in her book Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire. I have no idea who says it or in what context, but I think it’s fantastic food for thought for those suffering with chronic or recurrent pain.
“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
I’ve seen this happen with numerous people over the years. A small ache is numbed with tylenol, ibuprofen, or something stronger like vicodin. This allows you to keep hammering away at their bodies by compensating and creating more and more problems in the same place or elsewhere in the body. Over time, the meds work less and less because the underlying problems are too numerous and too intense to safely ignore. Finally, the pills stop providing any relief at all, and the pain is debilitating.
It’s not a pretty progression, and the cure unfortunately doesn’t involve magic spells that work instantly. Before you reach for a bottle of pain killers, remember that you’re going to feel that pain again down the line, and it will be worse.