In fact, when I first had the accident, they gave me a big bottle of vics and I took one and for whatever reason, felt nothing--same with Ultram. There they sat in my cabinet until the expiration
date past, and I threw a hundred some odd lortabs into the trash. Silly me. Years later I was given the prescription again for another accident, and then I was hooked. Again, silly me.
You are in a tough spot. You have the legit pain, the diabetes, the operations.