I to have tried Topamax and neurontin and Gabapentine, nothing but side effects from them. Oxy, vicodin and ibuprofen has been the mixture that has gotten me through all this. I am tossing the spinal cord stim. idea around too daldridge, I don't want a pain pump in me either, but I am afraid that it's only a matter of time before the pain meds stop working, or my guts just can't handle any more pills. Then I will need a alternitive for pain control. Are you going to check into a Spinal Cord Stimulator?