I've had a 'bad back' as long as i can remember, but have only been in constant pain for a couple of years (I say 'only' because I know many of you have suffered much longer). Mine really became constant after an injury in March of '07 and my L4-S1 fusion in Nov.'07. Surely all the meds we take are taking their toll on our bodies. Has anyone read anything credible that relates life expectancy to narcotic pain meds? I'm on the Fentanly patch, Lyrica, and Cymbalta daily with Lortab, Flexeril, and/or Tramadol as needed. I may very well be retired now, involuntarily, but retired nonetheless. I'm wondering how quickly I should try to get my 'retirement' projects finished.