Table 3: Themes identified and corresponding exemplar quotes.
|Deductive theme||Exemplar quote|
|(A) Group experience||"It really makes you feel like you are not experiencing
chronic pain by yourself; it also helps with the guilt,
knowing I am not the only one".
|(B) Skills||"Listening to each other and even between us (gestures
to caregiver) empathy and self-analysis and the
non-judgment that was pretty important. I don't
feel as judgmental of myself".
|(C) Disease management||"I think if you balance with diet and medication,
other medications maybe like you know antidepressants
different vitamins and exercise and just mindfulness,
then if you do a lot of these things, and you do
them all together you reduce your level of pain".
|(D) Commitment||"You know yesterday I sat for three hours in the
dentist chair and my back was cramping. I was in
excruciating pain, and all I was thinking was
follow my breath you know…it worked about 40%".
|(E) Treatment||"It would be nice if there [sic] could be longer,
like 2 hours for talking and what not and maybe
an hour of mindfulness".
|Stigma||"Because there was [sic] a lot of discussions how
everyone felt like a criminal asking for pain
medications, have jump through all the hoops they
do so it's not only a social issue, it's a stigma,