I can certainly relate, as many here probably can. Myself I have had to, for many reasons at one time or another, go without any kind of medical treatment and muddle though with "at home" remedies to see me through until I could get to a doctor. At one time I had to go over a year dealing with my pain on my own. It is not fun, but it is possible and doable.
The main thing I have learned when trying to deal with pain without medical support is to look at relief in increments. I know, through trial and error, that there is nothing I can do or try will provide me with major relief, but there are things I can do that will provide some respite here and some there and when I combine things that do work, even slightly, it can and does add up to something noticeable.
The first, the biggest, and the hardest step is to relax. All tension and stress does is increase your pain. Do whatever you can, where ever you can to relax. Empty your mind, find a peaceful place inside yourself, and breathe slow, regular breaths. You may find doing this easiest sitting in a chair, in a warm bath, or while taking a shower. It does not matter what place you find it easiest to relax in, only that you do and once you do relax and find some peace other treatments may be found to further your goal of finding some relief.
As far as the merry-go-round bit with doctors, it is part of the process they go through and that we all are very familiar with. First there are the exams, then the tests, then the physical therapies, the climbing of the medication ladder, the referrals to other doctors and specialists who seems to if ever actually read your medical file and see what you have already tried and want you to go start from square one. A few get lucky and only go through, what is for them, worthless treatments once, but many end up doing it at least twice if not more. It sucks, it is unfair, but sadly it is part of the "game".
One more thing I suggest you do is to keep a pain journal/log. Make entries as many times each day as needed to rate your pain levels, what medications and treatments you are using, how effective they are, etc and take that journal with you to your doctor's appointments. It may help you and your doctors pinpoint and tailor treatment to meet your needs sooner rather than later.
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