Have you seen one? I just wrote about this in a different topic and would like to hear your opinion about it.
I have seen one and he helped me tremendously. It took me a long time until I was ready to see a "shrink". Now I regret that I didn't see him sooner. It's not about you being crazy or your pain just being in your head. It's about having to deal with a very difficult and traumatizing situation: daily pain. And it's about slowly getting your life back. Pain breaks the best of us. Pain changes your life. You stop doing activities which you enjoyed. You cancel the girls night because your pain suddenly gets worse. You can't spend quality time with your family. Pain messes with your life. If you don't get depressed after a couple of months or years you must be Superman or Superwoman. The vicious circle begins... depression leads to more pain. More pain makes the depression worse. You need somebody who is a professional in dealing with such traumatizing circumstances like chronic pain.
There's all those laymen (yes, friends and family) who try to give you advice. Have you tried this, have you tried that? You should try bla bla. If you tried hard enough it would get better. Just stay positive, it will get better... At some point I just couldn't hear all the crap anymore. I had tried so many different things: Stretching, physical therapy, exercise... and you suffer and it seems like its not getting any better. Frustration, pain, frustration, powerlessness, pain, endless frustration!!! That's what I felt. My family could not help me. They tried to support me but they couldn't. They didn't know what I was going through. I don't blame them. You need professional help. My psychologist was able to get me out of there. I learned to manage my pain and started enjoying life step by step, despite the pain. It was a long journey (years). Don't expect a quick fix ;-)
In one of the first few sessions my psychologist told me that my pain is like a companion on my daily journey who's just not going to leave, no matter what I do. You have to learn to live with it. He said that I can try to fight this companion, ignore it, swear at it but it won't help and the companion will never leave. That's not what I wanted to hear, not at all. Over time, I learned to live with that companion. I learned to listen to him but I also learned not to listen to him and sit in the driver's seat myself. That companion speaks a strange language and he comes from a strange culture, well probably he's an alien. It's difficult to understand him and his actions. And they seem random and unfair. But, your stuck with him and you need to live with him. I couldn't have done it without my psychologist. Many thanks to him.