Medications and treatments, along with pain management techniques like relaxation, pacing, and exercise, can play a big role in reducing pain and improving quality of life. But bodies and medical conditions differ; what helps your friend may not be good for you. It pays to learn as much as you can about the treatment options available and how to use them safely. And as always, if you have questions, ask your health care provider. He or she is your best resource in finding the treatment approach that will balance the risks and rewards of any treatment in your unique situation.