Its been a long time since I last made a post. Herniated disk L5-S1 in '04 and again in '07 along with L4-5. Had been getting worse with DDD and I had a doctor stick a needle in a little to far on my 7th injection and have been walking with a cane since. I had a discectomy & laminectomy march of last year but it was a day late and a dollar short. I also started to leak spinal fluid 2 weeks post op from the tear from the aformentioned "botched" shot. I have continued to slowly worcen as far as pain goes. I used to take 30mg oxycontin every twelve hours 2 years ago but I decided to go back to taking norco because I quite drinking and wanted a change. I've been on 10-325 Norco times 8 a day since surgery and it help's my day to day pain ok at best, but when I have break though pain it doesn't cut it and doesn't last long enough. I have "flare ups" I call them about 3-4 times a month; I'll get up from sitting, sneeze, face west or whatever and the crippling back and leg pain comes back and I'll be out of commision for a day or two of extra pain, then it get's better, but I never get back to a pre-flare up pain level. Any way, my PCP wanted to put me on the BuTrans Patch but MaineCare wouldn't aprove it till I try "perpherd meds", 3 diffrent types of morphine ER's, fentanyl patch or methadone. In the past I've taken OC and norco but I really don't know enough about any of these. I've had both morphine and fentanyl in the er via an iv bag but I know pills and patches must be a diffrent type of relief. And I've seen some high school "friends" that live off of methadone from the clinic. What thoughts or experiences have you all had with morphine ER, feantanyl patches or methadone?