... from my butt to the base of my neck. However, none of the surgeries and followup physical therapy has eliminated, or maybe I should say reduced, the constant back pain. I've been on 10-325 Norco's (6/day) since the first surgery and they do provide some relief. Doc says ultimately he wants me off the Norco; however, I can't seem to get a straight answer as to "why". I'm almost 70 years old and if the Norco provides me with some relief, what long term problems can I possibly encounter?