Well, yes, Coco, the metaphorical is derived from the literal!
My dad had them as well when he was a child, but true to the name, his went away as an adult.
The doctors haven't dismissed me, but the only treatment available is NSAID pain relievers. Ibuprofen usually works well, but, of course, it isn't preventive, and I continue to have further episodes.
Ibuprofen was a prescription drug when I was a child. Thank god it's been over-the-counter for years now. It truly does help me get through daily life.
Oh, and if you (or Snowbird) have any advice on scrubbing tubs, I would love to hear it. We put in a new oversized tub that holds more water, but also more soap-scum, and the scrubbing is getting tedious. Surely there's a professional hack? Oven cleaner? Sponges strapped to the feet? A maid? It gets dirty quicker than the old one, too. Maybe because it's acrylic rather than fiberglass?
I'm putting way too much mental effort into this!
Maybe I should just close the shower curtain!