Just like anything the fear of pain at times is worse then the pain itself. There were probably thousands of times over the years that I cancelled plans, stayed hidden away from the world, and made up any excuse possible to not have to do something because I was scared my pain would be too much and not only would I not have fun but the people around me would no longer think I was “fun.”
Fear doesn’t have to be a terrible thing. My fear of what would happen to my body and life if I continued taking pain medicine is what led me to go back to dealing with chronic pain naturally. Shit, life is scary especially with chronic pain. I always looked at fear as a terrible thing, turns out it probably saved my life.