I understand what you mean about feeling like you are a wimp brcause the pain is to much but as my rhueme said if you get a good night sleep then your pain will be less or you can at least deal with the pain.I really did not want to take them either but sure glad i do know and i am to the point where i dont need the pain pills every day.I sed to take only ibeprofen or how ever you spell it :rotfl:.Take care and you will do the right thing i am sure of it whatever that is(hugs).
Unfortunately, I am one of those people who wait too long to take pain meds and then I become extremely uncomfortable. Then after I take my Lortab, it takes a good 30 minutes for the med to kick in. While I am waiting, I get under my electric blanket, as I have found heat helps. My family gets on me about taking the meds before the pain gets too bad. I have learned at night to take the Lortab when I go to bed as my legs and hips are gonna start in. No, its not restless legs, have checked that out. As for the daytime, well, I don't take right away and well, you know whats gonna happen.
You know your body better than anyone else. If you feel a twinge and know that it won't get any worse then you might want to wait, but if you know that it is gonna start it, then take your pain meds now. It is always better to get ahead of the pain and take control as opposed to having to catch up to it and you having to suffer.