Welcome to HW...I'm sure most of us here at one time or another have tried NOT to give into taking PM. I did for 3 years following Triple Cervical fusion surgery, I did many alternative treatments including Prolotherapy which I believe worked the best for me in an effort to continue to work AND not have to take PM's. Unfortunately, the ergonomics of my work station was undoing all the good my therapies were! I had a final injury in 2003, that sent me to the reality mode. I gave my notice at work and applied for SSD and made the painful decision to see a PMD. At my first Pain Managment MD visit I told my Dr. I did NOT want to give in and start taking drugs. He explained that in the CP situation I was in that it was an absolute necessity and would make my quality of life better. I shuddered at the thought and I remember the dilemma and turmoil I felt when I began to take "DRUGS". I felt defeated to say the least, to go this route was admitting to myself my true situation. Pain gave me no other choice then to do it, from the 1st days dosing I realized that it did indeed take the edge off. Its now been 6 years of PM, assorted anti spasm meds and the likes, as well as many, many alternative therapies. Physical Therapy exercises have become routine in my life as has PM. My point is you can take PM and continue to seek different treatment modalities and hope for the best. Taking PM isn't the end of the world, it DOES take the edge off (sometimes) and allows you a somewhat better quality of life. There are many nutritional supplements that you can take to help detox the negative impact PM has on certain organs and body functions!
Insurance companies just add to the stress not covering needed treatments....do what works best for you and I hope you get some relief soon!