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How is acceptance of chronic pain different from resignation to pain?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
Don't confuse acceptance with resignation. Acceptance encourages you to make peace with your limitations at the same time that it encourages you to seek out new treatment options to help you reduce your chronic pain. Resignation depletes and depresses you and prevents you from making true peace with your limitations. It may prevent you from even seeking help. Acceptance leads to hope. Resignation leads to hopelessness. Your challenge is to find - and change - the meaning in your pain, even as you seek ways to eliminate and reduce it.
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