Getting rid of complex, chronic pain is by definition both challenging and time consuming. For those willing to tackle it, however, there are several successful treatment options available.
Common pitfalls in treating complex, chronic pain include emphasis on pain symptom management, assuming that the source of the pain has previously been identified and believing that meaningful long-term pain reduction is not possible. Just changing the approach to these pitfalls can be of benefit. For example, while emphasis on pain symptom management would seem to be a rather obvious goal, when increasing the dose or number of pain medications does not work, then alternative pharmacologic approaches should be considered.