How Chronic Pain and Illness Fan the Flames of Uncertainty | Psychology Today

” Here are six ways in which uncertainty is a particular source of stress for the chronically ill:

1. Uncertainty about what plans to make with people

We spend a lot of time figuring out what’s best for ourselves. On the one hand, we don’t want to over-commit to others and then have to cancel. On the other hand, we don’t want to unnecessarily isolate ourselves too much. This constant need to assess what’s best for us to do is hard and exhausting work. In the end, because of the uncertainty of our symptoms, most of us must simply make an educated guess and hope for the best.

2. Uncertainty about how we’ll feel each day…”

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