What was the most disheartening thing a doctor has told you about your symptoms? In what ways have you kept that in your mind? The most disheartening thing a doctor told me about my back pain / herniated disc , was that I would have to live with that the rest of my life. And just figure out how to manage it. The back surgery they performed might help with sciatica, but would most likely still have the same pain level. What's hard to swallow about this, is that I was so young at the time, 26, super active, and then unable to sit down for more than two minutes at a time. It's been a great fear/anxiety for me about how I'm going to have a career in the future if I can't sit down for more than a few minutes during a meeting. And That Id have to Endure pain the rest of my life. and that something so simple as going out to dinner with friends would turn out to be a huge painful ordeal The thing about the RSI in my hand/wrist, was that the doctors / PT/ hand specialists / neurosurgeons werent able to identify anything that was wrong. It was really annoying, and difficult to get treatment for something that they didn't know what the issue was. I'm now actually pretty perplexed how they didn't diagnose it as RSI. I mean really, what else could it be.