It sucks to hurt everyday. I have been in pain since I was about 18-19 and I am now 39. So I have lived with it for a long time. I have been to doctors, taken MRI's, been to the chiro, neuroligists, you name it, I've been there. Meds, cortizone shots in the neck and hips, no relief. I am addicted to IBU profene even tho it really doesnt do anything for me anymore. Its like a safety net or a crutch. I have thought about, no riding, cuz when I get done,, two days later I am in pain for almost a week. But hell, if I have dealt with pain for 20yrs, I can handle another week of extra pain. I feel for your friend as most of us probably have pain of somesort. The frustration he must feel and the weakness of being a fulfilling human. Unfortunatley, if he has tried everything and no real results, this may be something he has to learn to live with. No amount of drugs will make life better or living better. You just have to take your mind and put it somewhere else. I will say, when I am with my horses or doing something with them, I forget the pain. Its my relief and getaway from life. I forget everything and its great. He needs to find something to take his mind off of the pain for awhile. Find a passion that he can set his mind on. Its hard for me to be home, knowing I have to clean or fold laundry and I hurt. But I can be out at the farm, put up fence, dig holes for posts, load and unload hay and totally forget about the pain. Pay for it later but thats what I do. I hope this helps and I am sorry that he hurts. We all feel for him.