Thanks everyone for your input. I have been on every oral pain med except for oxycontin and methadone. My doctor no longer prescribes oxy. I take percocet for breakthrough pain.
I have used the patches but due to my menopausal "tropical moments" I release too much of the medicine into my system every time I have a hot flash.
I am 52 and have had chronic pain for over 10 years now. I think I will try the methadone before I go for any implants. The physician's assistant told me that at my "young age" (52), they don't like to do the pain pump beause it must be reseated every 8-9 years and each time it gets more difficult to do so.
My tens unit does me no good so I'm not too sold on the spinal cord simulator.
As is everyone else, I'm just demoralized from too much pain and not enough relief. Out of the past 4 days I spent 3 overdoing it because I felt good. Now I'm so miserable I could scream,and I can't sleep at night even with the sleeping medicine. It felt so good to live my life like I used to, but I am really paying for it now.
I'm on a new antidepressant called Pristiq which has given me alot more energy than I used to have. Having that extra energey allowed me to do more while the breakthrough meds were at work. WOW am I sorry now.
Thanks again everyone. I really appreciate your responses!
Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Disc, Arthritis of the Spine, some kind of problem with the L5-S1 area, sciatica, diabetes, depression and anxiety.