A NYTimes article about ways to manage the costs of treating chronic pain also offers Healthy Survivors some tips on managing chronic pain itself.
TIP #2 Ensure therapy is tailored to you. Beware one-size-fits-all remedies. To achieve the speediest and most complete recovery, your treatment plan must take into account
* the specific abnormalities responsible for your pain
* your underlying medical condition(s)
* the unique physical demands of your daily life (e.g., your activities and responsibilities)
TIP #3 Find a primary care provider to oversee your care. Since pain management often involves a variety of specialists and therapists, having one physician overseeing all communications and coordinating all care helps avoid duplication of services and minimizes the risk of your receiving therapies that work against each other.
TIP #4 Recognize that chronic pain can cause chemical changes in your brain that affect mood. If chronic pain leads to depression, anxiety or other mood disorder, attention to this is an essential element of managing the pain.
TIP #5 Always nourish hope of improvement. The only way to know if an excellent approach will work for you is to try it. Be prepared to go to Plan B -- or C or D -- if your current plan is not working well.