If you live with chronic pain, you’ve probably become something of an expert on the subject. You know about your pain; what activities cause or exacerbate it, what times of day or night to most expect it, what not to do to amplify your pain condition and what methods help to relieve your discomforts.
But because pain is subjective, no one else can know your pain the way you do, and in turn, you can’t possibly know what someone else’s suffering feels like. Everyone experiences pain in different ways, and each individual has their own unique threshold for what they consider to be unbearable or excruciating. Varying factors such as age, gender, mental or emotional state can have significant impact on how a perceives the level of their pain.