Choosing a treatment plan is a very personal decision to be made between you & your healthcare provider. That said, most of the members here do not use a wholly "naturalistic" approach to treating their pain so there is some bias. Personally, I really like using complementary medicine as much as possible -- acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, nutrition, meditation & prayer, etc. -- however, I found that for me it was never sufficient to get my pain under control.
At a minimum, you might consider getting a second opinion even within the realm of naturalist medicine. Beyond that, there are a whole range of treatments available in pain clinics that include modern medicine -- injections, nerve ablations, surgeries, medication, etc. IMHO, a good pain clinic should include both traditional & modern medicine in order to best serve the patients, but again, that is my own decision based on several discussions with my doctor & adjunct treatment providers. It's up to you, but perhaps that is something you might consider exploring if the pain is really out of control.
From my own experience, pain is cyclical. It gets better for a time (during which the "healers" claim credit) & then gets worse for a time (during which the "healers" would blame me). The important thing is to get a pain management program (whatever that may be for you) that will adjust treatment based on fluctuating levels of pain.
Well, I don't know whether that's helpful at all, but I hope it is at least a little bit helpful b/c I always hate to hear of a fellow CPer suffering in so much pain all the time.
prayers & blessings,
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