What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is pain that lasts weeks to years, but typically longer than six months. Chronic pain is not necessarily linked to a specific injury or illness, and it can be present even after an injury or illness is healed.

Chronic pain is often associated with emotional effects such as depression, anxiety, or habits or addictions that arise as a way to cope with the pain. People suffering from chronic pain often try many different avenues to solve their “pain problem”, which can be especially exhausting.

What You Might Be Experiencing

    • Tense muscles and body aches
    • Lack of energy
    • Changes in sleep or appetite
    • Anxiety
    • Low mood
    • Difficulty with focus and concentration
    • Preoccupation with finding a way to relieve the pain

You Are Not Alone

Chronic pain is very common, with more than 10% of the worldwide population dealing with chronic pain at any given time, with these figures being closer to 20-25% of the population in certain regions.

Men and women, and people of all cultures and demographic backgrounds can experience chronic pain, but chronic pain tends to be more prevalent in women and the elderly. Chronic pain is not perfectly related to physical injury or illness.

What Can I Do About It?

Traditional treatment for chronic pain most often includes medication, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, traditional treatment for chronic pain is not nearly as effective as we’d wish it to be.

Thankfully, there are newer, less traditional approaches that are incredibly effective. The No-Willpower Approach that I outline in my bestselling books, The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit and Just a Thought: A No-Willpower Approach to End Self-Doubt and Make Peace with your Mind has helped people have a much easier experience of chronic pain.

The No-Willpower Approach is an insight-based approach that helps you see yourself and your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a radically new way.

Chronic Pain Is Changeable

Although many people struggle with chronic pain, your experience of it is very changeable. No matter how long or how often you’ve struggled with chronic pain, there is enormous hope for having a very different experience.

Our experience of everything–including physical pain–is far more fluid and subjective than it may appear. Freedom comes from the inside-out, from seeing yourself, your thoughts and feelings, and even pain, in a brand new way.

Hi, I’m Amy

I struggled with anxiety in many forms, from generalized anxiety to worry, to panic attacks and intrusive thoughts, for most of my life. I was told by many well-meaning professionals that I would likely struggle with this forever; that I could learn to cope, but that this habit might always come back when I was feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth today. I have been completely free of the physical and emotional effects of anxiety for many years with no effort or coping necessary. In that time, I’ve shared what helped me find freedom with people all over the world in my books, videos, online school, and my podcast, Changeable.

I’ve trained over 70 coaches to be experts in the no-willpower paradigm through my Change Coach Training Program. I’ve been a regularly featured expert on The Steve Harvey Show and Oprah.com, as well as in The Wall Street Journal and Self magazine.


What Can I Do To Have a Different Experience of Chronic Pain?

  • Presents a new paradigm for thriving with Chronic Pain
  • Dr. Amy and Kjersti Ostvik discuss how Kjersti’s lifelong chronic pain is a different experience of pain after many years of suffering
  • 45 minutes long

You can thrive with chronic pain and we’ll show you how!

  • Digital course – go at your own pace
  • This is a perfect course for those struggling with chronic pain
  • Watch Dr. Amy and Change Coach Kjersti coach 4 women over 4 weeks
  • Over 10 hours of content
  • Dr. Amy’s flagship course – spend 6 weeks with Dr. Amy
  • 19 video lessons that bring this paradigm to life
  • 12 Group Calls with Dr. Amy and her coaches
  • 24/7 Private Forum to have all your questions answered as you go through the course
  • 1000s of students have found freedom from suffering with chronic pain

About The Little School of Big Change

My bestselling book, The Little Book of Big Change, and my online school, The Little School of Big Change, have helped tens of thousands of people in 52 countries find their own freedom from chronic pain, anxiety, and other habits without therapy, revisiting the past, medication, or willpower.

The Little School of Big Change is a highly supportive 6-week course that shares a groundbreaking new paradigm in mental health that has helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world to tap into their natural health and resilience.

The school helps you see yourself and your psychology in a radically new way—a way that leads to freedom from what holds you back.

Get my weekly email with the latest podcast episode and other news delivered to your inbox.