My pain will always be there and I manage it with high doses of ibuprofen, prescription topical
s, lidoderm patches and at times Neurontin. Some days are bad and I think I can't stand it another minute. But pain flare-ups eventually subside. If I can stay at a 5 or under on a 1-10 pain scale, I can manage. When it starts creeping up to 6, 7 and 8 for days on end, it wears me out. But I would rather deal with the pain than what Fentanyl and other narcotics do to me.