I would bet that you are (at least) more physically addicted to the Vicoden than you know. It is still a strong drug. There isnt that many drugs that are stronger than those in the Vicoden and Percocet class. Primarily methadone and morphine, maybe fentyal patches (sp?). Your doc is prob looking for something that wont interact with what you are already on.
I was scared to start taking morphine too. It felt like I was crossing a line that wasnt easily crossed back over again. But it was the only thing that could bring my pain down to a manageable level. Now I am trying to change my lifestyle so that I am in less pain (quit my job) so that it is possible to lower my meds.
It may even be healthier for you to take less of a stronger drug...I dont know, but its no good to be in that much pain either!
Good luck & hope you get some relief soon!
lost in philly
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