Re: What do you consider good?
This is so varied by the person as to what is good control. I would agree that you should now set your goals higher. I think spending no time in bed and a few hours a day semi-active could be reasonable. Setting specific goals can be a good discussion to have with your doctor. You may just want to take a pause for a bit and adjust to this. As under dosed as you were, tripling a dose is a lot to take in as well (although I assume it wasn't done all at once). I have continued to work throughout my chronic pain so I of course have different goals...for many years I felt I was on that brink of needing to quit.
For me, the meds move me just above that so I feel I can manage better, and can do a few things in addition to work (instead of just coming home and crashing). A 50% average pain reduction has been my goal and at times has been sustainable. For me that is a huge difference in quality of life without feeling like I am taking too many meds. It can also depend on how fast you build tolerance, more of an issue for younger folks, but it varies. 50% is a pretty average/attainable goal. You don't want to be shooting for much more than that, but it doesn't sound like you are even close yet.
Have they added a breakthrough / as needed med to your regimine? Having something to take once a day on top of your meds for example may be a good idea...you could take it right before you want to be a bit more active. If not, you may want to ask about that before doing too many more dose increases.
For me, that is more important than having a higher baseline med dose, but I get big pain spikes a few days a week (not based on activity though...more random, but I have a different type of pain). Being able to treat my pain spikes is a very big part of my pain control. For me it takes a high med dose, but my doctor has been ok with that as its not even a daily thing for me. Best wishes.
constant headache since 2006