I'm at a loss as to how to handle my husband's back pain issues. He says he's in pain an 8 or 9. Yet when I ask him about the pain, he says it's not so much the pain but the way it makes him feel. He takes Tramadol and is on a Fentanyl patch. He lays on the couch probably 18 out of 24 hours. I have read his MRIs and other test results and nothing shows as being severe - mild or moderate. Basically degenerative disc disease. He has had surgery on his cervical spine, I think a fusion and surgery on his thoracic spine, not quite sure what it was, 2 disc area. This has been going on for about 4 years. I was diagnosed with cervical stenosis C4-5 and 5-6 and have not had surgery. I learned to deal with the pain. I also have lower back pain but have not been to a doctor - only room for one person to be disabled in this house. It was so bad that when I went to the mall with with my kids, I just sat there because I couldn't walk but a few steps. Anyway, I'm getting off track. Can anyone explain to me the "feeling" my husband might be experiencing. He can't seem to explain it. We are becoming empty-nesters and I would really like for him to be mobile.