The medical system cannot respond to your needs in a timely manner. They are too specific and complex. If you want out of the misery of living with chronic pain you will have to take full responsibility.
The stages represent the sequence that has been successful for many patients. Each stage has five steps.
Keep your family in mind as chronic pain has a devastating effect on those close to you. It is easy to push away the people you need the most for support. Pain = Anger = Abuse
I have watched patient after patient become pain free. I had one 50 y/o gentleman who had experienced pain in his upper and lower back for 30 years. His resolution of symptoms occurred after about six months of full engagement in his self-directed work. There was a psychology intern in the room with me and the two of us just sat there stunned. He was ecstatic.
Pain free is a realistic goal. As they say Down Under, “Give it a go”.