Compared to humans, dogs age more quickly at the beginning of their lives and slower toward the end. Therefore, calculating your dog’s age relative to yours is a bit tricky, but luckily it’s possible…  Although the origins of the seven-year myth is unknown, people have been trying to find a good way to calculate dog years in human years since the 1200s. One of the earliest examples of this is an inscription at Westminster Abbey that dates to the year 1268 and calculates that one human year is equivalent to nine dog years, which was part of some strange way to calculate the end of the world in the 1200s…

How do we calculate pain years compared to those that are not?  How would you compare one year of a chronic pain patient’s life to that of someone who isn’t in constant pain?  As a pain patient, do I live two years for every average year?  Or is it three or four years?

Nobody knows. All I know is that, in pain years, I am ancient.  Living in pain slows time to a crawl, and I feel like I’ve lived three lifetimes already.  Poor, weary, ancient me. 🙂

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