I have a ruptured disc at L5-S1 causing pain in my low back and both legs. And about a year ago I was lifting stuff while moving in to my new apartment and something happened to the thoracic area, though I have yet to get a thoracic MRI. I was on Norco 10-325 1 every 4 to 6 hours. this was after I tried epidurals, Vax-D, multiple types of physical therapy, and more recently, I have had facet joint and trigger point injections. My new doctor started me switched me to percocet 10-325 1 every 6 hours. When I had my most recent visit, I told him that the percocet was not providing relief for the full 6 hours. After more injections, he prescribed me Fentanyl patches 25mcg/hr 72 hour. and upped the amount of percocet that I am allowed to take. I told him I don't think I need something as strong as fentanyl but he made it sound like I needed it. Now I do. Has anyone else experienced over prescribing? I am sure most of us if not all, have experienced under prescribing. I am just curious to see how common over prescribing is.