Pain has both mental and physical components, and is experienced uniquely by each individual.
Two news stories this week address how people experience and manage chronic pain. A Seattle Times story (link below) discusses the plight of patients who had received treatment at a pain clinic that was shut down last year. Many were prescribed high dosages of painkillers that transformed how their bodies responded to pain, and now they must function without those same dosages, under recent laws governing how physicians can prescribe opioids.
A second story, in The New York Times, discussed alternative approaches to pain management that have provided relief for many chronic pain patients.
Dr. David Tauben, chief of pain medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, was quoted in both stories.