33 Quotes About Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain is something that can leave you feeling drained and unable to live in peace and comfort. These quotes about chronic pain serve as the perfect example to the type of issues one may continuously face.

“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.”

“Anyone who takes opioids on a regular basis will become dependent upon them, meaning they will have to taper off gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms.”

“Chronic pain is a manifestation of imbalance, typically physical, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual.”

“Deepening awareness and nonjudgmental acceptance of one’s thoughts fosters a new relationship with them, creating the space to purposefully shift mental focus away from the ruminative thought patterns that pave the road to suffering.”

“Don’t fight your pain; you can’t win. The paradox of recovery is that you have to surrender to win. Accepting what you cannot change makes the difference.”

“Everything is going to be alright. Maybe not today, but eventually.”

“Government agencies are trying to get doctors to cut back on prescribing opioids. I understand that they need to do something about the epidemic of overdoses.”

“He spoke three simple sentences and I understood why my injuries are permanent. Every hard moment, all the pain, had prepared me to walk beside my son.”

“Healing severe or chronic pain, I believe, includes transforming our relationship to the pain, and, ultimately, it is about transforming our relationship to who we are and to life.”

“Healing severe or chronic pain, I believe, includes transforming our relationship to the pain, and, ultimately, it is about transforming our relationship to who we are and to life.”

“I often wished that more people understood the invisible side of things. Even the people who seemed to understand, didn’t really.”

“It is not an easy reality to face, but just as your chronic pain did not develop overnight, neither will the solution to finding relief develop in a day or two.”

“It is when I struggle that I strengthen. It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am.”

“It’s not the situation that’s causing your stress, it’s your thoughts, and you can change that right here and now. You can choose to be peaceful right here and now. Peace is a choice, and it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.”

“My doctors, who are not cavalier with prescriptions, give me this medication because I have earned their trust. And yet, with mounting government and public pressure, my doctors’ hands are becoming increasingly tied.”
“Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.”

“Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.”

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

“Pushing ourselves to do too much despite the pain will not result in gain but may cause additional injury. However, sometimes we do need to push ourselves to get up and move around to avoid becoming stiff and actually increasing our pain.”

“Several medical professional organizations acknowledge the utility of opioid therapy and many case series and large surveys report satisfactory reductions in pain, improvement in function and minimal risk of addiction.”

“Since chronic pain has no single cause or enabling feature, treatment methods are extremely varied… if something works once, it will work again if you keep at it. Practice will enhance the benefits.”

“Sometimes I wonder how I could have been so oblivious to the fact that proper treatment for pain is, well, not a bad thing.”

“Surrender is an incredibly difficult topic in light of chronic illness, because loss is often continued and sustained.”

“The erosion of an effective patient-physician relationship has no place when dealing with chronic pain. Worst of all, dismissing the patient’s pain is as devastating as crushing a patient’s hope.”

“The less we move, the more pain we have when we do move, causing us to move less. It becomes a vicious and painful cycle. The only solution for this ‘un-movement syndrome’ is moving.”

“Time is not a cure for chronic pain, but it can be crucial for improvement. It takes time to change, to recover, and to make progress.”

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

“Whatever positive changes you want to make in your life, acceptance of how and where you are at the present moment is one of the keys to moving forward.”

“With mental balance, I challenge the assumptions I have about my pain. My pain is neither the worst that ever happened nor is it insignificant. It is not a punishment; it is simply an occurrence in the course of life that has various challenging ripple effects.”

“You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other and you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.”

“You may have become so identified with your chronic pain that it becomes part of your core identity; you may begin to think of yourself as a ‘victim,’ and pain becomes who you are rather than an experience that you sometimes have.”

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.”

For many, chronic illness and pain can pose you a series of lifelong challenges you never expected to face.