Does anyone but me find it amazing that two years ago (for me, less for some and more for others) I had no idea what med was what an that I actually didn't care? Percocet? Vicodin? Flexiril? Neurontin? Oxycodone? This was all greek to me and now, I can talk to anybody about what one does, possible side effects, what the basic dosages are, what schedule druge each is, etc.
Even more odd is the fact that not only do I now know so much about these meds, but I rely on them. I never leave home without them and check my pill box daily. I don't know how many times I've had to explain to my closest friends (nobody else knows or needs to) why I take what I take, the difference between addiction and dependence, how the meds work, why they don't give me the "buzz" they think is always the side effect, and how I hope to be off them one day but may never be. I consider myself lucky that I don't have any family that I need to explain anything to because I think sometimes it's harder to get family to understand than good friends.
I was just ruminating about this and how odd it is our lives change in so many ways when we have spine problems, not just the obvious ones.