Hi everyone. I recently went to a pain management specialist for my fibromyalgia and this dr. took me off of my Lortab - generic is a Hydrocodone mix. He put me on a medication called Flextra. - Rhinoflex is the generic. The pharmacist told me that this medicine works more like a muscle relaxer. I have tried it and it is OK. It makes me pretty sleepy, and does relax my muscles, but it is definetly not the same as the pain pills I have had in the past - Hydrocodone and Darvocet. I am not so sure that I can take these muscle relaxers and still function at work - especially because it does not relieve the majority of the pain. It just dulls it a little. Anyhow, I was told by my new dr. that taking Hydrocodone over a long period of time will actually INCREASE my pain. I have a friend who also has fibro and she takes 3 Hydrocodone pills per day and her dr. is ok with it. I was taking 2 per day. Does anyone else take Hydrocodone? Has anyone else had their dr. be concerned about the use of Hydrocodone/Lortab for pain w/ longterm use? Every dr. that I have had has always had the goal to get me off of the narcotic med. that I was on for pain. It is a GREAT goal - I would LOVE to be able to make it without these strong medications, but my reality is what I have to deal with every day. EVERY DAY, I have pain that on a scale of 1-10 is usually a 6 or higher. I have to work to help support my husband and I . My pain med's alone are around $160 per month w/ insurance. I had asked another dr. I had seen at one time if there were any longterm negative effects on my body from taking 2 Darvocet per day for my illness, and he said , no, not at that dosage and amount. I would like to have a dr. that would just accept my illness for what it is and what it does and be comfortable with prescribing the pain medicine that I need just to function every day. Dr's seem so nervous about prescribing pain med's these days. Why is that? Is is because people abuse medications so much? One dr. stopped filling my med's one day just out of the blue - he said that because of his liscense he could not treat and prescribe my med's for longterm use. He didn't give me a one month notice or anything - I called to have my pain med refilled and he wouldn't do it. I went into a terrible flare- up and had to go to another dr. for pain medicine to tide me over until I got a new dr. That was VERY frustrating and stressful for me.