It was noticed at a very young age that I was very hard to put to sleep and keep asleep during surgery. I have started to wake up numerous times. It was explained to me that the receptors in my brain reaponsible for recognizing narcotics did not respond normally. This has brought great hardship on me all my life. Then the addition of narcotics for 45 kidney stones, football and car injuries, farm work and a profession that was physically demanding has wrecked my body. Plus in the last five years I have been diagnosed with RA and OA arthritis. On average it takes approximately 2X the normal dose of pain meds to get my pain level down to maybe a 2 or 3 (based on 1 to 10, 10 being the worst pain) and it seems to me that I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't tell a pain specialist. Some of the specialist get absolutely rude if I tell them that a med or strength of a med isn't working. Also it seems to me after about 2 yrs they stop listening anyway. My pain is constant 24-7, and I wish that a Bayer asprin would do the job for me. I am so fustrated that I am literally at my wits end. I do not know what to do. And lastly these so called 12 hour extended pain relief meds are a farce. I've never had one last that long maybe 6 hours if I don't do much physically but I have to. I have a 92 year old dad to take care of and a 73 yr old sister who also needs my help. And the kind of help they need is physically demanding, which means that I have to take more meds which means I run out before the month is out, I would like to scream. I've been diagnosed as severely depressed due to the constant pain the juggling of the pain meds and thinking that the Dr.'s think I'm an addict. I know I'm venting but I really don't like talking to my family about my problems. So I'm sending this out into the void praying for answers.