I want to share this link a with you: google "spine surgeon mercola" (unfortunately links don't work in the forum)
Speaking of chronic diseases it's always best to hear first-hand experience of people affected because they know best what its like to be in that situation. When the affected person is a doctor, there may be deeper insights into treatment effects.
In this article, a spine surgeon who suffered form chronic back pain suggests a conservative multimodal approach (no surgery!) composed of education, relaxation, physical training and expressive writing. As there is nothing new here,
what's interesting, is that he addresses the emotional component of chronic pain through expressive writing. Negative emotions play a BIG role in chronic pain and it's been my experience with patients that when negative emotions are addressed, the pain often relieves. Expressive writing is easy to do and cheap. It doesn't require a therapist and it's good for getting rid of emotional baggage.
Take a look yourself and tell me what you think