I find it so annoying when some people with fibro in the local support group say they are always in a lot of pain and that heavy meds don't help with it and say perhaps I am doing too much if I manage to go rambling between flare ups - but then off they go on holidays to Greece or similar. I wonder how they do it if their pain is so bad. I find myself questioning what we each mean by the word 'pain'. I am lucky, most of the time I do not have severe symptoms so when I get them I refuse to take meds other than over-the counter ones because I am unhappy about the long term side effects of heavier meds - but when my myofacial pain flares up I couldn't contemplate even going to the supermarket, feel nauseus with pain - the thought of getting through the airport, waiting in queues for passport control and sitting in the combined space of a plane would stress me out, I would find it too exhausting. Maybe I am stirring up a hornet's nest by asking, but I wonder whether we have more control over the way we perceive pain than we think we do?
I should add - I am not suggesting that people do not experience pain as I am sure we all do, but I am wondering how far the psychological components of pain outbalance the physical ones, whether the cause is physical but out ability to deal with it is largely emotional?
I'd be interested to know what people think - but please don't leap to my attack, thanks. x