I think I cracked the pain code. After years of suffering 12 to be exact, I finally found something that works to manage the pain. As with everyone here, it took 8 years to diagnose. Finally going to the wonderful doctors at U Penn I got an official diagnosis. Surgery is my only way out for true relief but with teenagers and s demanding job the timing is wrong.
I have taken all the standard drugs plus tried opiates. Nothing worked. I began working out more vigorously using a boxers workout schedule which includes heavy bag work, cardio, lifting, etc. That regimen has helped to control the pain too some degree.
Secondarily I have started to use CBD oil regularly. The combination has given me my life back. I take the cbd oil 3x per day. No impairment because it has no THC component.
I have had dull pain 24/7 for a decade along with the periods of debilitating lanciating pain in face, throat and ear. One day I decided to try working out heavily to try to escape the pain and it worked. It gave me some relief. That coupled with CBD has me feeling great.
If I miss working out for even 2 days I feel the pain returning. My doctor has instructed me to do what works until it gets bad enough for surgery.
For now I will forego the hole in the head and stick with my regimen. I hope this helps someone out there. Many times I have been in a dark place when I cannot escape the pain. I feel good and my wife likes the new me.