Hello Cobalt, nini53 here, being new to the world of chronic pain, you make mistakes many of us made in the beginning. I was taking vicodin er from about 1993 to 1996 at which time I decided to go cold turkey to see just what by back felt like without medicine. Huge mistake, not only did my back throb, the withdrawal was something that I promised myself I would never do again. Withdrawals is beyond awful.
I went back to my doctor and began taking extended release narcotic meds, right now I cant think of which one, I believe it was oxycontin, but I am not sure. So fast forward to present, with alot of mistakes I made and alot of mistakes my doctors made (as sadly it took me years to find a good pm doctor), I now have a spine specialist who is great, his entire staff is great and I am on ms contin with percocet for bt meds.
It was a long road and alot of suffering, but I made it, I hope you get a good pm doctor, I hope you get the meds you needs at the doses that will give you a good quality of life. These things put together have made life for me as good as it gets, and I am real good with that. I wish the same for you, no one should have to suffer when there is a way to feel better. I also agree with Tina the more honest you are with your doctor, the better they know how your treatment should be.
Good luck and take care,
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson