I am resolved to the fact that I have to live with this annoying background pain for the rest of my life.
I am being repeatedly told this by everyone. I can't stand the fact that being in pain has become the norm, so at any given point that I say I'm not in pain, what I really mean is no additional
pain. Tramadol helps reduce the pain to a tolerable (but depressing nonetheless) level. An existence blighted by constant pain is not one I want, I'll risk an opiate dependency over that any day.
I'm currently working developing financial analysis software, but it can be very hard to concentrate on something so complex with this pain ALL THE TIME. Tramadol may slow me down a little, but at least I can function. (plus, I'm good at my job, and can take being slowed.)