One more thing - I found that I can manage the pain better by myself - that means without medication.
I find that I can tolerate the pain much better if it comes on gradually. With medication, it came on with a bang, right where it was the most intense.
I discovered this during therapy one day - and told my therapist. She was very surprised.
Even though it always hurts, it's better without the drugs ---- and my liver and kidneys thank me every day!
Start by cutting back, as much as you can tollerate - trying to decrease it every day.
Believe me, it will get better.... I once begged the doctor to cut off my leg, and now I'm glad that he talked me out of it.....