I think that is a question only you yourself can answer since each person may handle it differently. For me....I couldn't do it. Like you said, it would be an emotional thing for me....admitting defeat. Although my body may feel better for a short while, my mind would eat me up.
Just take the stronger medicine for one full day on your day off...see how you react....then decide from there.
Of course, this is just my humble opinion and may not even be worth $0.02!
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS: Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and Flexeril
To handle yourself, use your head...to handle others, use your heart
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.