Hi everyone, This is only my second post. Looking for support. I have had lower back pain and sciatica for the last 3-4 years. It had recently gotten unbearable in the past few months, so I finally saw an orthopedic, had an MRI which showed a lesion pressing on nerves, but not embedded in my spinal cord. I'm scheduled for surgery to remove the lesion/tumor next week. My primary care doc put me on tramadol 3-4 50 mg a day almost a year ago. Also received nerve block (a shot) every 3 months from Reumatologist for the last year. Neither insisted I have an MRI, but I finally made an app with ortho (didn't need referral) on my own. Now I'm also taking Norco 10mg (2-3 a day) and have been for about a month and a half. Sooo... I'm excited to have some relief after surgery but nervous about coming off pain meds, especially the tramadol which I've been taking a year. I know withdrawals off it are rough because of days I forgot to take a dose. I wonder if the docs will consider how long I've been on it and go slow. I have to work, have small children, and already struggle with anxiety and depression. I eventually want to get off all meds and be able to feel normal again. I really don't like the way they make me feel anyway. The first few months, I feel energized after getting some relief but now they often give me a headache and make me feel tired much of the time. In hindsight, I wish I'd never gotten on tramadol, because my tolorance has increased and I'm having to take them and Norco 10s to get any relief. Any experiences/ advice would be appreciated.