Hello...i am a newbie to this forum. I have had fibromyalgia for about 12 years, and then 3 years ago I had a back car accident and had a compression fracture of L1 in my back. They finally did surgery a year and a half ago...they had to take out a rib and then do a vertebral body replacement at L1 with rods and screws. I have been on Norco since my surgery for the chronic pain. My husband is a medic, and I am a photographer and own my own photography studio, so I stay very active. The problem is the constant pain I am in...either from my back/side from the surgery, or the aches and pains that goes with the constant weather changes due to the fibromyalgia. My ortho doctor is frustrated with me I can tell because I still have so much pain. I only take 4 Norco max a day when I need it...like from crawling around in the floor from taking pictures of kids and babies! I was once told from a doctor a long time ago who was treating me with fibromyalgia that I'm better off to just take pain meds and be active, than NOT to take anything for pain and have to rest all the time. I've always been one who doesn't like to have to rely on ANY time of medicine, but I have reached a point with all this medical crap that I have to in order to keep going. Is this normal??? I hear my husband talk all the time about "drug seekers", and I am so afraid my ortho doctor thinks I could be this way because of the way he acts when I tell him I am still in pain nearly every day! I cry a LOT in mourning of the type of life I USED to have before. I just simply don't know what to do. I have the epidural injections 3-4 times a year, but like anything they wear off. This rib removal they did STILL hurts so much. Can anyone tell me if I'm wrong in continuing to go to my ortho doctor for my pain?? I go back every 3 months and he is so rude to me AFTER the fact my surgery is over. I feel like I'm bothering him. Please, anyone that can give me some advice I would greatly appreciate it.