You may have thought, or had someone say to you that your pain is, “just in your head.” Which can feel invalidating, frustrating, or even condescending.
But, it’s also true. But, it’s also true for everything.
Our brains are given information from the nervous system and then it determines what sensations, thoughts, and reactions it believes to be appropriate.
Pain doesn't actually exist at your knee, your back, or your feet. It exists in the brain, as a response to all the information it's given: signals from nerves, emotional reactions from you or others, the history and sensitivity of pain, and the environment you find yourself in... to name a few.
Saying that something is “just in your head,” does not make it unreal. It’s as a real as it gets.