10 Common Chronic Pain MythsDespite the fact that chronic pain affects near 100 million American adults, it is still very misunderstood by society at large and sometimes even by the patients themselves. Following are 10 of the most common myths regarding chronic pain.
Dealing with chronic pain is merely a case of mind over matter.
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There is little doubt that our minds can play a significant role in helping us cope with our pain. Many people have reported success in reducing the suffering they experience due to their pain using mindfulness meditation techniques. However, the pain and whatever is causing it is still very real and needs to be properly treated. The best methods of dealing with chronic pain usually involve both mind AND matter––i.e., mental and physical techniques.