It’s not just in our heads nor is it purely physical. “Imagine knowing that when you get up in the morning the pain is still going to be there, and if you get out of bed it’s going to get worse. Pain is depressing, and when you’re told to learn to live with it, it just closes the door” says Penney Cowan, director of the American Chronic Pain Association. This is a great article because it highlights that the diagnosis of a pained life is an emotionally daunting one and that bodily sensations and emotions are both filtered through the brain and cannot be untied from each other. The best way forward, as the article suggests, is to devise treatment and coping skills equipped to tackle the complexities of suffering. It’s a short article but a compelling one.