As a person who has dedicated his life to helping others attain better health it can be frustrating, and heartwrentching as you see patients suffer needlessly. Too many times I see people letting go of a life they were meant to live, I mean to truely live. A life interrupted. A muted version of what life has in store.
I believe that God made us to enjoy and live life to the fullest not to just putter around in first or second gear, but to go through all the gears in life like a fine tuned sports car. Make sure that you don't make pain become a normal part of you life.
What can be done, how about diet and exercise? We keep hearing about how this helps blood pressure, cholestrol, arthritis, etc. Corporations can't bottle it and sell it for a profit so it gets put on the back burner. It is the easiest and least expensive way to become a healthier you.