I agree with hippimom and the others about pain. Being in pain all the time or even in some pain all the time is bad for your body and can lead to the development of fibromyalgia, which you definitely do not want to have, if you don't already have it. It just makes the pain worse. I agree with hippimom that Ultram (tramadol) is a great pain reliever, it is not exactly a narcotic, but works like one, like she said and it can be very effective on certain types of pain. I have taken it for as many as five years straight 3 times a day and quit it with absolutely no ill feeling, other than the return of my usual pain. Many docs don't mind prescribing Ultram, it can have refills on it, unlike narcotics, and I go through 180 a month. I started back on it in pain management and many docs have told me there is no problem with taking it or for them prescribing it. It does not work for migraines or any type of headache, at least not for me. I also take some hydrocodone when things get worse, I get about 20 a month, unless something worse is going on. I couldn't get through without it, my neck and back are so bad and I'm allergic to so many other good meds due to my liver. Take care and I hope you get out of pain soon. You might be surprised by how your doc reacts, they can be very understanding sometimes.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments