Hi guys, I haven't posted much lately cuz I've been feeling so terrible. So here I am, back for some advice and comraderie. I've missed you all. Over the last month or two, the hydrocodone has been losing it's effectiveness and I've been taking anywhere between 8 and 12 a day (they're 7.5/325). I had about a 10 day stretch where I took 12 which is the max on my rx. Now I'm trying to cut back and it's torture. I'm down to 8 or 9 now. I've talked to my psychiatrist and psychologist about my worries about the tolerance/dependence issues and have an appt w my primary doc in a week. I think I need to go to a pain mgmt doc. Yesterday when I went to pick up my prescriptions, my pharmacist (who is the nicest guy) expressed his concern over my increased intake of the Norco. He didn't want to fill it so soon cuz he noticed I'm using it up faster than before. He was just looking out for me and I realize I've been taking the max. He's going to give it to me today when I go back to pick it up since I told him I'm well aware of the potential abuse potential and I"m seeing my dr in a week. What am I supposed to do? My pain is worse than ever and I can't stand cutting back on the meds much more right now. I figure I'll try and keep it under 10 until my dr appt, then see what he says to do. I felt so humiliated and ashamed yesterday even tho I know my pharmacist well and he was so kind. There's just such a stigma about being addicted to pain meds and now I'm just another statistic. I am so messed up! HELP ME!!!