This is probally a repeat but I was not able to find something like this.
I was taking 10/500 Hydrocodone 2-3 times a day for 3 years. Due to DEA I have been reduced every month and now take Tramadol. Well after awhile I got used to the constant pain of 5-6 that the tramadol kept it at. However I could not sleep nor eat due to the nasuea of the tramadol.
My doctor gave me the hydrocodone again to take at night for spasm and dull ache pain ( severe Scatica). Well the hydrocodone gets rid of the pain or at least gets rid of it so I can walk without a cane and sit for more than 1 minute.
When it wears off it seems the pain is 10 times worst than it was before but I know that it is still a 5-6 I just had a little rest from it. My ortho doc refered to this as rebound pain and many people experiencing this will increase there dosage or think it is not working. I am learning that the pain is permanent, my foot wil always burn, there will always be a rock in the back of my leg and I will always have trouble walking, and may not work again.
It's hard to say what is better a constant 5-6 that wears you down slowly or the rollercoaster of using opiods from no pain to very bad pain. Right now it looks like splitting the two.