Hi mister~ and welcome to the CP family!
I'm going way out on a limb here and guessing you're a katamari player.
I'm not a gamer but it sounds like it's a popular one.
Anyway, on to some of your comments....I have a couple of things to share also. First of all, I also feel that you should not feel bad about
asking for help with better pain control. When a doctor first prescribes pain medication for a patient they are taking an educated guess at the kind and amount that will work best. There is no way they can know if their guess was right unless you tell them how you react to it. Make sense?
Like Pete suggested, start a pain diary. Here's a link to one that I, and others, have used with great success. www.painfoundation.org/learn/publications/files/TargetDailyLog.pdf
This is also listed in the Chronic Pain 101 thread at the top of the page. There are also links to great topics and help there. It's well worth reading.
the pain log, download a copy of this journal page and print one for each day. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill it out before heading to bed each evening but it's a gold mine of information for your doctor. Take the journal with you to every doctor appointment you have and ask them to review it while you are there. Don't take NO for an answer to your request. If the doctor doesn't have time to look at it then I'd certainly consider walking out the door and not returning. A good doctor will be impressed by your efforts and will be better able to prescribe pain medications.
Yes, there are lots of other medications out there to help and the amount you are taking is in the low range for CP folks with your kind of pain. Disk problems are extremely painful. I have a bulging/collapsed disk at L5/S1 and it shoots pains down my legs with the bulge hits on the nerve roots. Also have problems in my neck area so I can sympathize with you.
Another thing to consider is to get at least a second opinion even if it's not gone to the surgery topic yet. In the Chronic Pain 101 thread there is a link to university/teaching hospitals around the world. IMHO you will get the most advanced care and/or surgery available at these sites. And I'm like you...back surgery is scary! But, sometimes it's a great option and works out well. It's not often that someone with successful surgery gets on a health care forum to share how great their surgery was. Most often people come because they have problems, not successes. Just the nature of us humans.
Keep in touch and be patient if I don't reply quickly. My computer is down so I get on less often on hubby's machine. Rotten situation but one day it will be fixed or that machine will sail out the window and become a boat anchor...lol Somehow I got a redirect virus and who knows what else. OK, enough gabbing...
Stay in touch,
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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein