Hi Glyn and welcome to Healing Well. You have found a great place to come to for support, tips, a place to talk about things in your life that family doesn't understand or have a rant, I think you get the idea.
No you are not a hypochondriac, although I think at some point in the beginning we tend to feel that way once in a while. You have physical problems going on, a hypo has nothing.
I too am like Chutz, I would rethink my medication situation. If you stop all meds do you really think you can handle the pain day in and day out. None of us like being on medication by a long shot, but sometimes this is the only way some of us can cope or make it through a day.
You are lucky your PCP is giving you meds. Have you ever thought abut a consult with a pain mgt dr. Of course there you may have different types of injections recommended and medication to get you functioning on a better level.
I had a pain pump implanted June 05 and thats the best thing that has happened to me in ages. With the pump my quality of life is much better. I am able to do small things and actually feel as if I made alot of progress. I hope you will hang out here with us, we really have a great group of people on here.