It has been a while since I have written, but I have a med question that I thought maybe someone could answer for me. I have been having a very hard time lately with all of the back issues and pain. Just a quick recap, I had 2 herniated lumbar discs and 1 compressed thoracic and 1 compressed lumbar and I also had a stress fracture (obviously now healed!). I had a surgery five years ago, just to remove some pieces floating about in the spinal canal causing severe sciatica. Last MRI in Dec. 2008 which also showed severe scar formation at previous surgery site. So anyway, I had been having major pain and a lot of problems sleeping. Some nights just 2 hours or less, and I really felt like I was going insane. So I had been to see my military doctors several times, all emergency appointments. She switched my muscle relaxer from flexeril (which I had been on for 8 years) to baclofen. I had a really, really weird reaction to it. This past weekend the knuckles on my hands literally turned black. I was visiting my brother in Chicago and was pretty embarrassed by the shock on their faces when they noticed. They were so purple, just the knuckles on my hands, that they really did look black. And it was noticeable. And my hands were really swollen too. Anyway, I have asked about this, obviously since I was really worried and shocked myself, and it was an adjustment issue to the baclofen, I believe they called it reynaud's syndrome? I had to cut back and allow more time to adjust. But it was caused by circulation and the constriction of blood vessels. My fingers didn't have enough oxygen and they turned purple because the oxygen was all used up. So that has gotten better. I have also been on steriods twice in the last couple months and that does seem to help some for a while, not long though. My other med, percocet, was upped from 6 to 8 a day. This is working pretty well for me for now. But the odd thing is that I feel more side effects now than I did before. I have been on percocet for months, and was on hydrocodone and norco before that. I have been on narcotics steadily for a year and half. When I switched from the norco to percocet I felt very little to no side effects. I was actually surprised that I had less than the norco. Then lately I seem to get more light headed, more loopy, and have more nausea. I have changed nothing else about this med, so I don't understand why this would happen. I used to be able to take the 2 pills 4 times a day as prescribed easily, now if I take the two it almost always makes me feel like poop. I have been on it for a while so I don't understand why all of a sudden. Any ideas? I will call my doc, but I'm sure you all understand sometimes you just don't want to rock the boat in case they decide to switch things up on me again. I would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks in advance, and I hope you all are having a good day.