I have had neuropathic pain since 1999 following spinal surgery. I am treated with Lyrica, Cymbalta and Ultram. The cocktail gives me an acceptable quality of life, but certainly not pain free. For six years prior to these meds I took Oxycontin, which could get above the pain. Despite all the bad press about Oxy being over prescribed, it was a valuable med for me. I never once felt a “high”, just pain relief, but then I never abused the med, always following prescribed dosages. I found that dramatic changes in lifestyle were neccessary to reduce pain. I was a busy attorney with lots of daily stress (i became an adrenaline junky!) and found stress was like throwing gas on a fire, greatly increasing my pain and discomfort. I had to retire early from my busy practice, which I loved.
My advice for you is to try and reduce stress as much as possible, see if any meds help you (I tried quite a few from Mayo Pain Clinic, until we settled on my current meds), find time to rest and relax during the day, and consider learning biofeedback or meditation to help reduce pain, especially later in the day when the pain ramps up (yes, that is very common) and consider joining a support group. Good luck and best wishes. Feel free to ask questions.