Chronic pain is often a debilitating condition and unfortunately most patients with chronic pain conditions do not experience clinically meaningful pain relief on medication management alone. In addition, chronic pain medications often are associated with problems like tolerance and dependence. Most people with chronic pain will be referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist either for psychological management or for medications to manage comorbid depression and other psychiatric morbidity.
There are several promising psychological and neuromodulatory approaches to manage chronic pain better, including meditation and neurofeedback, among others. Talk to your mental health professional for more information on available options.