These alternative medication options were talked about on the Dr. Oz show I watched on March 22, 2012.
Before including any kind of alternative medicine, you should definitely talk to your doctor first.
If you have one of those prescription pushing physicians, do some research and find one who listens and knows and cares about you as an entire person and not just a list of symptoms. – (That part is my advice.)
Apparently a natural extract called California Poppy is supposed to be able to help alleviate serious pain. It is also supposed to be non-addictive.
The way they described it, made it sound like something that you would take instead of a prescription painkiller. This could be one of those huge money savers for someone with chronic pain.
3/4 of the teaspoon of this extract before bedtime.
The audience was warned not to take this while operating heavy machinery.
I have no personal experience with this one.
Other alternative medicines mentioned: