RobM105 wrote:the pain never goes into remission completely.
If it's not too awkward, what sort of pain are you dealing with? From experience, it depends on whether or not a symptom will go away after a relapse. I was taking flying lessons a number of years ago and could not land the plane. I had my eyes checked out and was told I had bilateral inferior hemianopia, where I was blind in my lower visual fields. I went to the Duke Eye Center (part of Duke University) a good three-four months later for a second opinion and they found nothing remarkable. I had optic nerve damage from the optic neuritis prior to that, but nothing else significant. Unfortunately, my lack of depth perception has not improved since my last big relapse and I just have to deal with it.
If the drugs are not working, there are some other alternatives you could look at. I know acupuncture works well for pain and I think bio-feedback as well. Massage is another option. If nothing else, it may help you relax!