i've been on hydrocodone for about 5 years. i was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago, which started the prescription. i had to go through chemo and radiation and the chemo kinda destroyed my body and put me in a lot of pain. after all of it was said and done, the pain was still there. my energy level dropped and caused a laundry list of physical problems for me....even 5 years later. i only take two 10mg a day. i don't abuse them but i feel like the fact that i've continued to take for this long it has caused more problems for me than its helped. i still have problems with my energy. i have a very physically demanding job and most days i feel like gravity is just pushing me down and i have to use all the energy i have just to drive home or my body will hurt so bad i can barely walk. the hydrocodone are the only thing that seems to keep me going. it not only helps with muscle and joint pain but it also gives me that boost of energy to keep going. i've talked with my family dr about it and he informed me that since i first started taking them the laws for the dr's to prescribe them are getting even more strict. i guess they are trying to eventually do away with them. i'll be moving a couple hours away from where i live now in a few months. i'm scared its going to be a struggle just to find a dr who A. doesn't have a problem with prescribing them and B. even thinks that i need them. i'm not seriously injured or have major physical problems to need them. the only reason i take them is to get through the day, not to get high. but i'm scared to get off of them. ive read a lot about suboxone and i don't think its right for me. i feel its only replacing one addiction for another more expensive drug. i've also heard that they're extremely hard to cut back on. i'm scared of going through withdrawls. i'm scared that i've been on them for so long that its changed the chemicals in my brain and if i quit taking them i'll either be a different person or not even be able to do anything anymore because of pain. i'm thinking about going to a pain management dr and talking with him about my issues. i hope that's the right place to start. i don't really even have a question. maybe someone has gone through the same thing i have and can give me some piece of mind.