This might be a hit ridiculous but I'm genuinely curious so I have to ask- does anyone else nickname their pain/condition?
I call my left leg sciatica Bee bee. When it gets really badly irritated I say "Ugh, Bee Bee's buzzin' loudly today." And my friend's ask me how Bee bee is going. I find it helps me frame it a bit differently in my mind.
My friend calls her stomache, the source of her chronic pain, Albert.
I think it can help to have a name for our pain sometimes. When we have to deal with everything from doctors to family questioning the validity of our claims, giving it a name can help us keep it in perspective *and* keep a smile in our hearts. Sometimes I refer to my back pain as my "little friend" (who likes to hitch a ride on my back). . and some days, he isnt so "little"...