can feel a small lump and what feels like an inflamed nerve/vein/?. I can massage this out after a couple of days, but it gets tiresome. When it gets really bad, he feels a shooting pain down his upper inner left thigh. His doctor is a pill-pusher. My husband has been on hydromorphone and vicodin for 5 years. This has led to severe side effects (for the whole family), including irritability, constipation, stomach pains, poor sleep, etc. He refuses to get off the pills, I think most of the pain is mental. What should be MY first step in getting him to realize he may be creating the problem and his doc is not helping?