Medical procedures instead of pills
I've had chronic pain since a car accident in 2004 that caused a lot of back problems (an MRI in 2006 had a pain specialist telling me I had the spine of someone in their 70s and I was 26 at the time). Over the past few years, I've been getting more and more of a tolerance to different pain meds and I would prefer to be off the pills if possible. I've had trigger point injections many times, several steroid injections in parts of my spine, hips, SI joints, etc. and went through PNT treatment at Walter Reed. The PNT treatment worked the best, it's like acupuncture with electricity - needles going in a few CM and being hooked up to a machine that sends electrical impulses through it. Unfortunately, since my divorce, I can't get treatment at a military health facility and I have not found any civilian practitioners that offer it. I do have both a TENS unit and a EMS unit and they provide some relief, but it's limited in that the sweating I get from the narcotics makes it hard to keep the patches in position for more than a few minutes.
I'm looking into possibly getting a nerve block or something else. I was wondering what experiences anyone has with various medical procedures to help control pain. My medical conditions include osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs with impingement on nerve roots, buldging discs, muscle spasms, bone spurs, ulcerative colitis - recently out of remission, migraines, asthma, allergies and GERD.
Any advice and experiences with medical procedures would be greatly appreciated.