After 22 years of dealing with the pain of Osteoarthritis in my neck my doctor finally put me on Percocet 10/325. This, of course, was after a tirade of why I should not be on pain medication even though I have been in a lot of pain for over two decades. I have just changed to a new doctor who has put me on Morphine (MS Contin) for the pain. I don't start taking it for 5 more days due to the fact that they didn't have it in stock. I don't know the dosage yet, but I do know that I will have to take it 3 times a day. I am very nervous after reading some of the posts in the group about being considered a "junkie". I am also Bipolar and on 40mg of Celexa once a day (which works better than anything I've taken in ten years after being diagnosed Bipolar... I swear I was a guienea pig for a decade) and the new doctor is also putting me on Flexeril in the hopes that it will help ease the pain in addition to the Morphine. In addition, I will be taking Tramadol for inflamation. I also have to take Zantac 150mg twice a day due to overwhelming heartburn. I will also be taking a sleep medication which I will not find out the name of for two more days. Without something for sleep, I toss and turn for hours before getting to sleep and then wake up every 45 minutes to an hour all night. I have taken Temazepam 30mg for 5 years but it is no longer effective alone so I have to take it with 2 200mg Advil PM's just to sleep so the new sleep med is necessary. This new doctor is the first doctor I have ever been to that has really listened to me and understood the situation I am in with both chronic illnesses. I am currently on unemployment and on CICP (Colorado Indigent Care Program) which reduces my doctor visits from $75 a visit to $7. It also reduces the cost of my medications from between 90% to 95%. At this point I have no choice but to trust in the new doctor. Am I out of my mind to be putting these medications together? Also, why does the medical profession put such a stigma on people with chronic degenerative pain? I once even actually had a doctor tell me he wouldn't give me anything for pain just due to the fact that I am Bipolar... like that makes me an automatic pariah and pill seeker. I hate the fact that I have to take pills for the rest of my life but the simple fact is that it is what it is... I cannot change it so I just have to deal with it. Any thoughts would be appreciated.