My meds keep me in a relatively stable place, with no real side effects. So the fact that they are "narcotics" doesn't bother me enough that I would switch, for that reason alone.
That being said, I also use other things that help w/ my pain issues that ARE non-narcotics (muscle relaxer, nerve pain med, lidocaine patches, etc).
But I'm also on the strongest of narcotics, too.
Again, though, I wouldn't switch.