My simple approach to treating chronic pain is as follows...
- Treat the cause if you can eg a severe bulging disc with severe nerve impingement.
- Treat the pain with non pharmacological methods such as heat, ice, TENS, improving core muscles, massage and physiotherapy.
- Treat the pain with pharmacological methods with analgesics such as heat rub, capsicum spray, anti-inflamatory gels, panadol, anti-inflamatories and less ideally narcotics and possibly steroid injection into an inflamed tissue.
- Increase the threshold to pain by improving mood, treating depression and anxiety and improving coping skills.