I will be seeing a new doctor next week for my pain due to Fibromyalgia and Back/SI joint problems. I have been taking Celexa and Tramadol only for pain management. I've been on Tramadol for 3 years now, atleast 2 of them at the maximum dosage. For the past year, this medication has not adequately kept my pain under control - but I never had a doctor give me anything stronger. Which is infuriating. I understand the issues with DEA rules, legal liability, addiction, etc.. but it is an outrage that some doctors do not treat their patient due to this. /off my soapbox now!! I am hoping this new doctor will be willing to treat my pain fully and adequately. I would like to know for those of you on stronger medication, what have you found to be most beneficial and what you have found did not work at all. I have taken Lortab before (after an RF ablation) and it was pointless. Also have taken Demerol (after dental surgery) and I HATED it - made me feel very irritable and restless. How are pain patches? If the doctor refuses to give me anything stronger - what should I say? (By the way, have never had issues with drug or alcohol abuse - barely drink 2-3 drinks in a year) Thanks!