Welcome to the Pain Management Forum.
Your use of opiates at the least borders on the edge of abuse. I am not saying you have an addiction issue. You have not provided enough information to know if you are over using because the pain is not properly controlled or because as you said, "I want the buzz."
I do not obtain a "buzz" from my opiates. Sure maybe the first day or so I had a bit of a fuzzy feeling but it didn't last and I didn't seek it. I was just grateful for the pain relief. The opiates were busy doing what they were suppose to do, manage my pain and not give me a "high."
I am concerned for you. I suggest you have a heart to heart with your PMP. He/she will have the best answers for you. It's a fact that less then 4% of patients with true chronic pain ever become addicts. I am not sure where you fall. Are you taking all the Norco because your pain is so extreme you can't handle it... or are you taking it for the "buzz"?
Only you can answer that.... and you don't need to tell me. You do need to be honest with yourself so you can find solutions. There are pain medications that are not easy to abuse. You may require those in order to manage your pain and not get further into addiction IF that is what is where you are headed.
You may simply not be well controlled but the concern is your admitted want for the "buzz." You may find your best answers from a Pain Management Therapist. I don't want you to get unduly labeled IF you are not exhibiting addictive behaviors. So be cautious.
I encourage you to post on our Addiction, Substance Abuse Forum. They have more knowledge of addictive behaviors or when ppl may be headed in that direction then I. Here's the link:
Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. Feel free to ask additional questions. Our members may have better or more suggestions also.
Good Luck and Take Care,