For the past two weeks, I have been completely incapacitated with pain caused by severe weather in our area. During this time, I felt that no matter what I did, my pain would just find other means of overwhelming me. I was at a complete loss.

When I am in this state, there are only two things I can really do. Either sit in bed and try to rest away the pain or binge watch some of my favorite series. One day, I was scrolling through Netflix and this one sci-fi movie caught my eye. Being a big sci-fi fan, I watched it. To give you the basics of the film without any spoilers, US Special Forces are sent in to a country in Eastern Europe to prevent a massive civil war, only to find themselves against a foe that is beyond their comprehension. Immune to conventional weaponry, this foe makes quick work of most of their forces, sweeping across the city. The US forces have to let go of what they know in order to combat this enemy, carefully observing it and adapting.

This got me thinking. As chronic pain fighters, we constantly find ourselves in the midst of a “fog of war” against an unknown and nearly impossible enemy. But, just like those Special Forces soldiers, we have to observe what causes it to react and what doesn’t and adapt accordingly. This is not something that just happens over night, it is a daily battle, one that can easily be overwhelming.

But it must be fought.

This is not something you can just sit on the sidelines for and watch as it rips away your life piece by piece. This is a war, a war that will last your entire life and will consume your life if you do not stand and fight against it.

Today, I want to encourage you that if you have found yourself being overwhelmed, that it is okay. Stand up, observe, and adapt. And do it daily. The victories in these small battles will go a long way to winning this war over chronic pain.