Do our brains & body “adapt” to chronic pain?

Chronic pain is such a strange phenomenon. Mainly in the way that a person learns to adapt to it. I have my usual excruciating pains, then when a new pain is introduced, I realize “this is new and something isn’t right.” So I go get it checked out. If it’s a mystery pain or something that can’t be fixed, I just add it to my pain roster. Usually after about 24-48 hours of having the new pain, I begin to adapt to it & not react so intensely when I feel it. The only exception is probably gall bladder pain. That was horrible & no way I could recover. But this “GI/right side” pain has been added to my roster, as well as my broken foot. Both are excruciating & a hindrance, but they are also things that I will probably have to live with for the rest of my life, so what can I do? Adapt . Get used to feeling it. Does that make sense? It doesn’t make it hurt that much less than it did. It’s just that somehow my brain gets used to feeling that pain, & stops urging me to go straight to the ER. I write this as waves of intense side pain grabs me. Who knows? Maybe I could have adapted to my gall bladder pain, unless it killed me.

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