Hi everyone - just joined the board a few weeks ago and have not posted any questions or answers as my husband had emergency by-pass surgery - was in a coma for a week and hospital for 11days -Now at home doing o.k but I guess it will be slow. Wanted your opinions on narcotic meds. I myself have been on foirinal c 1/2 for years and years , this has worked good for me with no side affects -mind in tact. Now my dr. wants me to try Hydromorphone 1mg 3x daily - also called dilaudid. Took one felt terrible side affects so have decided at this time as we have so much going on and I need a clear mind as I am now the caregiver to pass this one. Have tried lots of meds through the last 23yrs with mega side affects as it takes so long to come of a lot of the drugs I know there is no magic bullet and it is trial and error but for me I was doing as good as I could on my current meds for the last few years and just want to stay there but not sure if thats going to fly - hence the delema. My condition pain and fatique never changed - the more I do the worse it gets and unfortunately for me I see no change after all the changes in meds - Would rather have quality than quantity of life and I don/t beleive at this point of time there is anything proven - I also understand that what works for one won't work for another but I am sure we all suffer the same and it changes life forever. It is a day at a time illness - like a lot of you no-one really understands and have not kept up with freinds - even family do not want to know so I guess we all plod along and suffer great lonliness-depressions - the whole gammit. hope you can answer some of my questions it would be greatly appreaciated - pain meds can be such a pain. blessings to all.