Reduce your central state of alarm by

  • understanding how your back works, and how pain works
  • doing things you enjoy
  • being physically active – great for endorphins
  • reducing fear, anxiety and stress through mindful meditation
  • avoiding multiple explanations of your problem
  • get back to doing the things you want to do – gradually
  • stop smoking

So, attack this problem from both ends… relievers and preventers can be used to achieve a reduction in nociception and in your central alarm state.