Good luck! As for suffering in silence, well... I think we all do that to a certain extent until we find a place like this to vent. Giving pain the silent treatment is one way of managing it.
Living in the Republic of Texas minus a gallbladder, a couple of cervical discs, appendix, uterus, and 18" of colon; but still alive and living with my husband, 2 dogs, 1 cockatiel, 1 quaker parrot and 2 gold fish.