Although most ppl distrustful of pain meds, I have to be honest & tell you that without them I would not be functional at all! This is a very individual & personal decision and one that should be made between you & your physician.
I guess my theory is this (& it's based on research as well): Real pain - otherwise known as "legitimate pain" when treated properly does not cause addiction. And for me, it doesn't make me unable to function. Personally, I cannot get out of bed due to severe pain & I agree w Lynnwood - you have to treat the underlying cause such as inflammation (or in my case, Fibromyalgia too).
I certainly hope you get help & do not just suffer in pain! I too did that for long enough & took ibupfrofen and ended up with a GI bleed (stomach)! Pls keep us posted!
age 41, Mom of 2 great kids (10 & 7), Diagnosed in 2007
MCTD(LUPUS), RAYNAUDS, FIBROMYALGIA, L4L5 disc herniation, fracture in L3 fro EPIDURAL in childbirth
Meds: Prednisone, Nifedipine, estropipate, cyclobenzaprine, Cymbalta, sulfasalazine, gabapentin, hydrocod, fentanyl patch, methotrexate - MTX (on hold), clonaxepam (sleep), vit D, PRILOSEC, Transderm Scopalamine, Vit Bcomplex