Contrary to popular belief, most of those who do in fact choose to end their suffering do not do so because of physical pain. These days, physical pain can be managed effectively about ninety-five percent of the time. Mind you, if you are one whose pain persists, it can be devastating. And the fear of recurring pain is as disabling as the pain itself.
In states with physician aid in dying (PAD), only five percent of those who ended their lives did so because of physical pain. The three most frequently mentioned end-of-life concerns are: loss of autonomy (93%), decreasing ability to participate in activities that make life enjoyable (92%), and loss of dignity (78%).