So I'm curious how long you needed your lifeline (AKA: pain meds) before you could sever the connection. I so don't want to get addicted but I also don't want any pain. So I'm on day 4 of a flare up and take mine when I remember (if I'm in a good position where I don't hurt I forget about the pain until I have to move) if I'm awake. Hopefully tomorrow will be the last day for the pain meds. Since the antibiotics are starting to work the pain has decreased.