Just a question: Do any of you feel these meds such as the vicodin, percocet, oxycontin, ect. ect. that so many of us take on a daily basis add to us being sick?? I'm sure it taxes our immune systems, but what do you do when you have overwhelming fatigue and pain?? I wonder sometimes if it's keeping me sick...like a viscious cycle.Or maybe I created some of this because I have given in to taking pain meds daily (One can only suffer so long!) Maybe I'm just grasping here...dunno. Thank God there is a place (here) where we can all come together and validate our feelings such as these. For so many years I thought I was alone in this, wondering if other people struggle with the issue of taking pain meds like I do, feeling.... "Do I have a problem? Why do I need to keep taking this medication?" Just wanted to hear from anyone else who may struggle with the guilt of giving in to pain meds each day. (Sorry, I don't mean to sound vain...just sitting here pondering!) Susan B.