Hi, TJP. Welcome.
It's not easy to say what's going on with you, but I can tell you you've found a very supportive group of people here. Have you been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? Whether yes or no, I'd advise taking a look at Fibro 101, our first thread....much good information there. So much of dealing with this crazy condition is trial and error, and what helps me might not help you...I take Gabapentin for nerve pain, and Hydrocodone for post-surgery nerve pain...but I'm weaning off that (I'm tired of feeling even spacier than usual.) For sleep, I take Klonopin and Nortriptyline.
There are also Chronic Pain and Depression forums here at HealingWell, by the way.
Unrelenting pain surely does get old. It sounds like yours isn't being managed well enough, for whatever reason. I wish I had a magic wand....I would be dancing, running, skipping, and doing cartwheels through life, and so would you and all my friends here! :)
Of course, you already know that smoking is one of the worst things you can do - whether you feel any different when you quit or not?! I know it's hard to quit - I did it in about 1985 - but it certainly can't be helping anything.
How do you like your doctor? Does he/she really listen to you? That's crucial.
I really hope you find something soon to help you, whether it's medication, exercise, rest, Naturopathy, or a combination of all of them. And I hope you keep posting.
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Fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (recent discectomy), DDD, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably Menieres) with balance issues, chemical sensitivities