Realised this morning that my pain has just had its 10th birthday.
Maybe the fact that I forgot its actual birthday (31st July) is a good thing, a sign that even though it's still here I am not as focused on it as I was. Yes it is playing up again at the moment and the last lot of pain clinic injections don't seem to be helping, and I am facing up to the fact that I need a bit of an MOT with the physio again. But it's more in the background these days.
I hope this brings some little bit of hope to others : that even though it might not go away completely, sometimes it is not quite the monster it has been.