Lawrence, if you don’t want to be perceived as dismissive, then stop using language that implies chronic pain doesn’t cause real suffering and can be highly disabling, i.e., implying that it is merely an “invented” diagnosis (and suffers like myself just need to simply let go of this “identity” to feel better). I find it very disconcerting that several other commenters besides me have expressed concern that you claim chronic pain diagnoses are merely “invented” to sell drugs, and there is no consideration/acknowledgement on your end that perhaps your hypothesis needs some refining. Instead you just double down, intent to prove your exaggerated view that medicine is solely responsible for all health problems. Also, please stop using your personal experience to extrapolate everyone else’s experiences. As Madness Civilization told you on one of your other posts, “You seem to fall into the logical and ethical trap that psychiatry so often suffers from: you are fully confident you know the subjective experience of everyone else.” I seriously hope this isn’t what you do with your patients. You mentioned that exercise helped your back pain- what makes you think I haven’t tried exercise without success? For the record, I was previously very physically active and fit , as I exercised 5 times a week, regularly ran, played tennis, and did weights. It has been a very long road for me to get one day a week of a light workout in.