Not necessarily. Every person has a different tolerance for pain. Millions of people in this country have chronic pain. Some people cope quite well and carry on normal lives despite chronic pain. Other people cope very poorly and become severely disabled by chronic pain. Seeing a physician who is experienced in the management of chronic pain can be helpful to those who are not coping well.
No. There are many times when pain medication is needed but there are many alternatives. Many patients are able to obtain substantial pain relief with physical therary and/or chiropractic care. There are many injections that may be available depending on where the pain is located. Proper diet, exercise, and smoking cessation can also go a long way towards relieving pain.