I understand what you're talking about with the pain, oh boy do I! Sometimes I lay there thinking what will I do if it continues getting worse? At what point will I pass out from the pain when I'm standing? I've heard horror stories of people going to the ER for pain and I refuse to ever do that. I'm not well enough to go through the intensity of a pain clinic. I did that years ago but I was more mobile then and it was still tough. I'm tired of going to doctors and I feel guilty just asking for refills for my Norco. Like you, I try not to take it until my pain reaches a 7 but when I was in the hospital the nurses said I shouldn't have to live with pain that high. I don't know what the answer is and I'm sorry you're dealing with so much pain too. Know that you are not alone and I'm just a PM away any time of day if you just need to scream... I'll listen and scream with you.