You can also discuss your treatment if you wish.
I'm in pain management. I use 25 mcg/Hr Fentanyl patch (I'm very sensitive to the stuff!) and 3/day maximum Norco 10/325 along with Cymbalta and Topamax to manage severe debilitating pain caused by a collapsed burst fracture.
The Fentanyl reduces the overall pain level from 7-8 down to 4-5 which is fabulous. If I am pretty sedentary I can spend most of the day with mild/moderate pain which is easily dealt with by laying down with my heating pad (my bed is now known as "my office" to the kids, as any long talk or homework help needs to be done there, I can't sit up for extended periods).
Unfortunately, even with B/T meds, I cannot do things that would actively put pressure on the nerves, such as sitting in a "bad" chair, standing in place, bending, or twisting. I can walk short periods. Increasing my medication level would make me more drowsy, so would not likely improve my functional capacity, so this is a pretty good outcome, but I really am hoping that the worst of it is fixed by surgery.
I use guided imagery, relaxation, and heat to deal with the pain when my meds don't work. They work very well for me, I'm usually able to get my pain level down significantly.