Anyone else having a bad time this winter? I find myself getting only minimal relief from my normal darvon/ibuprofen/soma combo, it takes the edge off the pain but the pain is always there. I am unable to do much of anything because of the pain medication(I have a problem with "brain fog" and the medications make it to the point I don't trust myself driving, using power tools, shooting, or similar activities). I need to get more potent pain meds, but it's going be rough convincing my doctor on this. On top of the pain I've got chronic fatigue syndrome which keeps me from getting a restful sleep, I wake up 3-5 times a night because of pain in my knees. I'm at the point where I don't know if what I have is permanent damage from a bad case of lyme, or if it's the lyme disease still being active in my body. Over the years I've probably been re-infected one or two times. I've been on more then 15 different antibiotics, I've had 3 PICC IV lines, I've given myself over 40 Bicillin IM shots(Penicillin, the need is 1.75 inches long and they hurt). Right now I am debating a course of action, to be honest I don't know what to do anymore. I'm on social security supplemental security income which gives me a whopping 493 dollars a month(yes some of you would call me a leach, any of you who want to trade places and find out what it's like not being able to get out of the house because of fatigue and pain issues, well you're welcome to it). My whole day revolves around reading books, playing computer games, surfing internet forums, watching movies, and watching tv. It sounds like fun, until you actually have to do it yourself for months, and then years. Add into that not being able to go out of the house more then once or twice a week and it becomes even more fun. Sorry for such a disjointed post, I just wanted to get this out of my head before it started getting to me any more then it already has been. If anyone has advice please let me know. I've been going through this for a decade now, and it's not getting any easier.