1. Don't wait for help. Its just pain right? That's oldschool thinking. Pain is a symptom of something bigger. Your body is in pain because something is not right and your body is not happy about it. You need to find out what's wrong AND get the pain itself treated.
2. Understand that medication is NOT a bad word. Especially once you have a condition diagnosised, its important for you to interact with your doctor and come up with a medication schedule. Work with your doctor and they will work with you. Understand that if you goto a doctor and just tell them you are in pain, give me medication, that approach is not practical. If you don't have your condition diagnosised yet, keep a pain journal with times, details, location of pain, types of pain, AND what you did to try and treat the pain. Doctors want to know that you are also doing your part to keep the pain under control. This is because pain medication generally does not CURE pain. It does however reduce its intensity and when pain medications are mixed with OTCs, exercise/stregnth programs, TENS units, massage therapy, injections, heat/cold procedures, ect ect ect, the effect is increased and the pain level can be farther reduced.
3. Talk about it with your friends and loved ones. Its important to let the people who truly care about you know how you feel. Not so that they'll "feel sorry" for you. So that they can be there for you in support. So that when you get a procedure done that has you bed ridden for 3 days they can help around the house. Also it feels good to know someone is there for you. Its also a stress release to talk about your suffering and that in itself can reduce pain. You can also take comfort in a little rest from Above. Theres a lot of comfort in giving our cares to God. :)
4. Flower already said it but......find a new hobby. Take more walks, especially during nice weather....I find this is especially relaxing.
5. Only take what I said with a grain of salt :P
MRI revealed a bulging disc w/gel lost at L5 and showed the bulge touching nerves, causing sciatica. Diagnosed w/ Arthritis which is responsible for joint inflamation pain. Treatment: Nucynta 50-150 mgs every 6 hours (schedule II narcotic, Mu Opoid agonist and NE reuptake inhibitor), Celebrex 100 mgs, Klonopin .5, Epidurals, Radio Freq nuerotomy (sept 8th, 2010)