Welcome to HW..We are sorry to hear that you have chronic pain..but happy that you found us for support...
No one on the forum is a Dr. so we aren't qualified to give you advice on what medicine would work for you...since it's really different for each person...what works for me, may not for you, etc..
There are also other medicines that most CP'ers take like a muscle relaxer, a nerve pain med, an antidepressant, and a sleep med....some or all of those seem to have a much better cumulative effect with any narcotic alone..
So it sounds like you have a wonderful and caring Dr. that I would think if you go to him and say that you are not being covered well enough throughout the day with your medicine and scs, that he will offer other suggestions...
I have found that living with CP for over 9 years..that I have to use all modalities everyday, not just medicine, to keep my pain levels at a 5 or 6 which is what we cp'ers can expect long term...
I eat all organic, don't smoke, do yoga, take my doggy on about
3-4, 10 to 15min walks per day, try to find something to make me laugh each day, etc.
Other modalities that I have used are acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, kinesiology, massage, pastoral counseling to help deal with CP, and many others...
You will find some wonderful links about
chronic pain at the top of this forum with the tab Chronic Pain 101...
There are a great group of people here who can share more about
their experience with the SCS...I have never used it..
Again..welcome to HW:)
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006