I'm still fairly new to the board ...and I read about everyone taking their pain meds. What type of pain meds does everyone take? Narcotics? Arthritis-type? What? And, how do you get your doctors to prescribe them? I have had fibro, lupus, arthritis, etc. for 15 years (but officially diagnosed in 1996) and my internal medicine doc and rheumy will NOT prescribe narcotics. I have tried Daypro, Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra, etc., but none of these touch the pain. I have been taking 600-800 mg. of ibuprofen for a long time. I have been trying to get into a pain management clinic in a major city, but my appt isn't until early summer. I managed to get in to a local Pain Management doctor today due to a cancellation (this was just pure luck!!!) and guess what. She confirmed what my other 2 docs say, which is ... "I want to to take physical therapy" to control your pain, this is all that works for fibro. She was very clear in stating that her clinic does NOT prescribe narcotics for fibro or lupus pain; however, since I brought copies of 2 CT scans showing severe spinal stenosis in my back, buldging disks, bone spurs, severe degenerative disks (which is arthritis), and a bunch of other problems, she gave me a month's worth of DARVOCET!!!!! I guess this is better than nothing, but it won't faze my pain. I had to sign an agreement stating that I will not seek narcotics from any other doctor in the U.S. and if I go to the ER or have surgery and someone else gives me a script for pain pills, I must report it to her immediately. I go back in April for a "re-evaluation". So ..... how do you all get these "pain meds" that everyone talks about? I would like to know what type of pain meds so maybe I can ask her for something else that might work better, because I know the Darvocet won't help that much. Please let me know. I'm in so much pain some nights that it hurts to sleep--I have to get up and sit in a chair to get some relief, then back to bed, then up in the chair -- a neverending battle!