As I've said a million times, everyone's pain tolerance is different, so only YOU know how much you hurt. Personally, I'm right there with you-most days I just manage-I'm never comfortable. There is such a fine line between pain management and addiction. Doctors are afraid to Rx stronger drugs. In my opinion, there are 2 things you need to be aware and stay on top of.
1. Are you taking the meds as directed? Meaning, are you being honest with yourself, and not taking extra meds for something other than legitimate pain.
2. Do you or anyone in your family have a history of addiction?
FYI-I only suggest these things, because I have to constantly be aware and honest with myself about pain meds. As I'm sure you know, I am a recovering addict, and sometimes I feel like it is poetic justice that I have fibro. Like, I blame myself-telling myself that I deserve this because of all the things I've done in my past. Deep down, I know this isn't true, but sometimes I just get trapped in that negative thinking.
Anyway, enough about me. Depending on what you're taking, yes, you can build up a tolerance. But, it sounds like you are not even taking the dose your doc recommended. Don't beat yourself up about being in pain. I suggest that you talk to your doc about the meds not giving you the relief that you need. Like I've said before, some people need different meds, and what works for some people doesn't work for others. You have every right to have your pain properly managed. We all do.
OK, I have totally babbled through this post. I don't know if I've made any sense. I guess I should have just said-yeah, I agree with what everyone else said. Sorry, I'm in a thick fog, today.
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what? Doesn't help!)
"I'll take the Chivas instead"