i was just watching a program on howard hughes and because of all the crashes he had, he had major chronic pain problems. one wreck caused him to break all of his ribs, and crush 3 neck vertebra among other problems. apparently he took copious amounts of codine and valium. the program went on to say that chronic pain is a disease in itself and he was surprised that hughes lived to be 70 since chronic pain can shorten your life due to the physical and emotional stress. this guy was a doctor which doesn't mean he knows what he is talking about. i don't know if there have been studies of chronic pain and life expectency but i would not be surprised if our lives are shortened because of it. surprisingly it did not blame his drug usage. anyone hear of research or from their doctors if it does shorten one's life. i think, in my own opinion, if we lead somewhat of a normal life, work, go places, go for walks, keep active, that it would help us. i can't walk for more than 100 yards before pain is so bad i have to sit, but i try to get some exercise, and work, and go places.
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.