To Ease My Suffering, I Had to Shift My Perspective, Not My Pain Levels

To Ease My Suffering, I Had to Shift My Perspective, Not My Pain Levels

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To Ease My Suffering, I Had to Shift My Perspective, Not My Pain Levels

Many believe pain and suffering are interchangeable. While they can and often do coexist, one is not reliant on the other. Pain can occur with or without suffering, and the inverse is true. Physiological, psychological, and psychosocial factors influence our experience with each. The meanings and relationships of these three factors in relation to one another are idiosyncratic. From a young age, I had a ringside seat to chronic pain. Endometriosis, adenomyosis, and adhesions caused…

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