So, you’re experiencing pain, and your doctor has given you some combination of medications in an effort to treat the symptoms, but somehow that isn’t quite enough?
Or perhaps your doctor has recommended that you see a psychologist. Your doctor isn’t implying that it’s “all in your head”, or that something is wrong with your thinking. In fact, your doctor is recognizing that your psychological and social state can affect you as much as the biological cause of your pain.
Pain is much more complex than just the medical cause of your pain. Your experience of pain can be coloured by other factors, including social and psychological factors. Assessing these issues is a valuable part of understanding and better managing your pain.
A comprehensive approach to pain management means helping you identify the factors which influence your experience, but also developing skills that can help you reduce the stress and distress of your situation.