First, welcome to our group here! But I'm sorry you are suffering from chronic pain.
Many people have chronic lower back pain.... but I have the same as you - I have chronic cervical and thoracic back pain.
Most of us here have chronic, debilatating pain. I agree w/ the multi-discipline approach - not only using meds, but trying as many other things as possible - as SnowBunny mentioned beforehand. I, too, have been through the TENS machine; nerve blocks; trigger point injections; pain pump trial and on down the line.
But, speaking of medication, what else have you tried? I'm a firm believer that w/ as many meds out there on the market.... you should be able to find *something* that works for you... no, not to rid you of all pain - but at least to get you down a few notches and where you aren't screaming in pain.
I just wrote this on another thread, but it took me over 5 years to get to the right *combo* of meds for me. It took so much trial and error... combining many medications, at different strengths, etc. My pain *cocktail* now consists of narcotics, a nerve pain med, a muscle relaxer and an anti-depressant (for depression, as well as for the pain).
Even w/ my narcotics - I have a long-lasting med that I take daily. Then, I have 2 levels of meds for breakthrough pain. For normal breakthrough pain - I take dilaudid. When the pain is horrendous (from my migraines.... or my back is REALLY bad) - I use oral fentanyl.
Without my meds - I would, too, be withering in pain w/ all my issues.... so I do understand.
Anyway - all this is just food for thought. Let us know if you've really explored other medications. I, too, have been on methadone - and even at the strongest of doses w/ it - it did not get me comfortable enough.
Praying that you can find something that works for you! Let us know what you've tried, and maybe we can help you more.
Pain Issues: DDD; fibromyalgia; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendonitis
Multiple Health Issues: Disabled due to POTS (heart condition); dysautonomia (dysfunction of the nervous system); hypothyroidism; adrenal insufficiency; chronic hypertension; chronic fatigue; sleep apnea; anemia; Vitamin D deficiency; etc etc
Meds: Too many to list....
Personal: Mom to 6 boys and twins girls