Even though I do not want to take these meds daily,(methadone, roxicodone, ms. Contin) my sickle cell prevents that. However I dont have pain everyday, when the pain does come its there for weeks at a time, and nothing can stop the pain once it starts if I dont have the meds already in my body. I am 32 and have been taking narcotic pain meds for 32 years. I want to live pain free, but I haven't been able to come up with any other option or alternative. Theres no cure for ssd because its an inherited blood disorder