I too am a disabled vet (Navy). I suffer daily from severe pain. I also have server back pain and am a diabetic who takes insulin. Over the years I questioned all the various meds the VA had me on. I went “cold turkey” as you and no longer take pain meds. What I do takes is medical weed for the nerve pain and PTSD. It has helped me very much. I also include and suggest the use of a warm water pool. Water therapy. What a life send this has been! I wish you the best.