hello RedBoots. You are not addicted to narcotic pain meds, you are dependent on them. That is a HUGE ) difference.
I am glad you are HAPPY with Topamax. It is an anti-seizure drug(not trying to educate you, just telling you my experience with it). and it works pretty good on pain. It worked for me. Problem was I started to forget things. Names of people and the few meds I take. I was on a low dose of 25mg, increased it to 50mg and then 100mg(as directed by my doctor)I started forget things. You do not forget your way home while on Topamax.....it's those little things you forget.
Try Tramadol Extended Release - that is tough on pain. It also has its side effects, but everyone is different. It is considered HALF narcotic. Ask for a sample and try at least for couple of days. I had side effects while on it - could not sleep even for a moment. But everyone is different. You need one pill and it works 24/7.
By the way, did you know, not treating chronic pain SHRINK the brain. I read it in our forum and some articles so I wanted you to know. When the brain shrinks it is PERMANENT.
No doctor told me that. I wanted to tell you that so you make a wise decision.
How is your sleep? and how were you injured?. So sorry I ask too much, I hope you can tell me?.
Best of luck. Keep us posted