Chronic pain is frustrating precisely because it seems like you’ll never beat it. Everywhere you turn, someone is telling you that pain is just a necessary part of aging and that there’s nothing you can do about it. Doctors are telling you that some injuries just don’t heal, so tough cookies. Have some pills.
As you’re working with your pain, remember this quote:
“People don’t fail because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.”
What are your expectations for your pain? Are you looking for 5 minutes of relief? 5 days? 5 years?