Hello all..I am a chronic back pain sufferer and I have had 4 back surgeries entire lumbar spine (Lam and fus L1-S1). I have DDD, SACROILIAC disease, spodololithesis, arthritis. spasms thruout my back and I stand at a flexed position and cannot stand for longer than 5-10 minutes without pain. I have been thru the therapy over the years etc.. and have had progress and improved but fell back after a few illnesses, like Hysterectomy, shingles..etc.. but I am now back on the road again in the direction of pool therapy and have renewed optimism again. I took pain meds for 5 years and the last drug I was on was fentanyl patches 30mcg. and Oxycontin 20 mg TID. I went offf of them myself to see if I really needed that much pain meds because of my surgeries I had not had a break in four straight years with out having one so before I could completely recover from one I was having another so I feel and know that is why my tolerance for the meds went up so high. Well, little did I know that I would have severe withdrawals from the Oxy and let me tell you the pain I had from these meds was all over my body and it didn't go away for several months , well, not completely but after a few weeks the most worse of the pain had subsided but I had repercussions for several months. I found that I was right, my body was dependant on the drugs but I never once took more than I was supposed to. I always took them exactly as I was told, being a Physical Therapist for many years before my injury at work, in a hospital, I knew the dangers of prescription drug usage. I counseled patients on the dangers and helped them with their workman comp nurses on how important it was to not abuse them because I had many patients who did and I worried about them cause we all know there are some out there who will and do so.. although I wasn't addicted to them I was definitely dependant on them. I finally got them out of my system but I still had pain so I went to therapy and did alot of things at home to try and evade the pain. I also became much less functional over night but I was tired of taking the meds for so long and curious to see myself off of them. Ok. fast forward to present.. I recently gained 25 pounds due to Menopause and over the past year and I am only 48 so because my grandmother and mother both went thru early stage menopause I did too, it being heriditary. The pain started coming back in waves and even in places on my back that had nothing to do with the lumbar area.. I had some signs of fibromyalgia as well probably due to a bout of Pneumomia, cancer of the cervix I had that resulted in a Hysterectomy and Shingles all which affected my immune system and lowered my resistance. I am over the Shingles after having it five years and free of it a year and a half now.. I am starting Lumbar injections in August and I was on the Fentanyl patches , well still am, 12 mcgs. but I had some rash issues and they made me feel too sleepy and light-headed most of the time and just weren't consistant and now they want me to try the Avinza morphine timed-release capsules and I would like to inquire as to whether anyone on this board has tried them or know anyone who has? Could you please reply and let me know a little more about the side effects, if any or any other details you might have would be greatly appreciated... Thanks.. have a good day!