I am curious I guess! I have been taking vicoden since Dx'd a couple years ago. Generally it is still working pretty well, and although my doc gave me Ultram at my request at first, because it had just been "approved" for FMS, I didn't get much relief from it..and he didn't like the side effect risks, so we just stuck with the vicoden. I take between 3 and 5 vicoden a day, and wonder sometimes if this is just what I will be doing for years....staying on some sort of pain med just to make it thru my days. I get tired of the narcotic feel at times...and I will take a break by not taking any in a day...or by scaling down on how many I take. I like having my Brain back when the narcotics move out...but boy I stiffen up, and then end up having all those fun little pain spots nag at me. So, sometimes even though I try to take that break from the drug...I relent and take one anyway! I am just wondering how you feel about your pain management...and using opiates....Seems to be a relatively safe choice from what I read. But then...is anything safe for us anymore????