You guys, it took me 7 years, but I actually found some doctors will manage pain without opiates! Why this isn't an "advertised" profession, I will never know. I have terrible problems with pain in my neck that runs up into my head, ear and eye. I was treated with opiates for years, until I realized I was truly starting to have major problems with addiction, and my depression was only getting worse. I used to be such a ball of energy, and now I'm divorcing, jobless and not quite the person I want to be. I just went to a clinic and they will treat you on an inpatient basis to find out what meds work for you, without using opiates. Not to mention, they completely monitor your psych drugs and pain levels until you feel like its manageable. I'm only about 4 months into the program, but I'm starting to feel a lot better, plus I can remember things and all that stuff. I totally didn't believe it at first ( partially I think because I don't think I wanted to get off the opiates) but it does work if you find the right doc. There were literally people from all over the world there. I just can't say enough about how wonderful they were, they don't let you sit there in pain, and the approach was fantastic, all the way down to the nursing staff. I'd be willing to tell you more if you want to email me. Just think about it!