Saw my Doc this week...he's going to recommend a pain specialist, probably take a few weeks... if I"m approved. These days one must be approved by a political/medical board for long term narcotic usage. The whole situation around pain meds has been made totally crazy by the greed of government and medical corporations.. The pharma-cons are pushing their new pain drugs in ways you would not believe. They have the feds and state government mandating that doctors HAVE to try their highly addictive (Many times more addicting than the opioids!) designer drugs...Drugs Time magazine has said are responsible for the worst drug epidemic this country has ever seem. The new "wisdom" is that first you HAVE to try the pharma-cons totally crappy and useless meds that come with side effects that had me wishing I could just have my pain back! Man has been using opium for at lest 5000 years. It is a completely known commodity . I've been addicted to opium derived meds twice in my life (Legally for medical reasons). I had ZERO discomfort coming off the Morphine and a half dozen others. Once my pain had diminished. I had Zoster. When you have Zoster they give you anything you want.... Anything.. their big worry is that you don't blow your brains out...and if they don't catch it in time and get you on the meds to CURE it... You will. you'll eat a gun rather than be burnt alive as your nerves literately fry. If left nun-medicated Your skin peals off just like a 3rd degree burn . I was one of the lucky ones... I survived! had a lump on my back the size of a cup saucier with a couple dozen holes that weeped as my nerves freaking melted! I hate the narcotic side effects. But they are nothing at all compared to the carp drugs I had to take before they would give me what I know works. Don't get sick in America! If you insist on getting sick pray it's a disease that sports a high profit margin in the curing of it.