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I just always wonder what meds others are on, compared to me, and what experiences they have had on them.

I have had chronic back pain for 3 years, and have been on narcotics fairly steadily since then. Vicodin at first - 1 pill would knock out the pain immediately. After about a year, that wasn't working, so I upped it to 2 pills at a time (all dosage changes were with doc's instructions/consent), which worked for a while, but not too long until it went up to 3. Then we switched to Percocet. One pill never worked. Two pills worked for quite some time. Then it quit working. Three didn't really work, and four did for a while, until finally I got to pain management and was started on Avinza, with Percocet for BT. It took 5 weeks to get the Avinza dosage right (he started me at the lowest dose - 30mg), and as soon as we did, insurance denied it. So about 3 weeks ago I was switched to the Fentanyl patch, 50 mcg. Well, that didn't work, so today is my first day at 75 mcg. I put them on at 8am and tonight am starting to feel like it's working. Oh, on 1/25 after I had IDET I was switched from Percocet to Roxicodone to get rid of the Tylenol. I take 15mg. But I'm giving myself a break. Haven't had any since last Wednesday and don't plan to until 3/3 when I go for my next appt. I've had NO withdrawal from up and stopping them. I assume b/c I'm still on the Fentanyl, but I still expected something. I also take Lyrica, 75mg, 4x/day; Elavil, 25mg at night. Anyway...that's my med story.

As for the short back story, it's been chronic for 3 years. The pain is unrelenting. It's around 24/7. It does not wax and wane. It's very much the same, all the time, which drives me mad. There is no position that makes it feel better or go away. Stretching helps; TENS helps. I've had multiple epidural steroid injections, foraminal nerve root blocks. In July 2007 I had an endoscopic discectomy at L4/5. On 1/25/08 I had an IDET at L3/4. The problem is ther eare 3 potential levels involved (L3-S1). Two discograms have both showed L3/4 and L4/5 to have concordant pain. L5/S1 has a nice annular tear, but reproduces VERY little pain, so it's effectively negative. I don't know what my next move will be. I'm still recovering from IDET. I start PT in 2 weeks. God, I hope it helps. My mood goes from bad to good to crying in an instant.

I just thought it might be good to compare stories. Maybe this has been done before, but I'm fairly new. I thought it might also be a good reference to kind of "know" everyone's stories so their posts are more relevant when I read them. I appreciate everyone and am glad I stumbled upon this place. As we all know, no one around us understands. I truly believe no one can ever grasp chronic pain without experiencing it. It's just one of those things that you can try to imagine but can never get a grasp of enough to be truly empathetic. So I'm very glad for all of you!!!