I haven't used the butrans patch, but I did use fentanyl patches. I only recently got off of the patch after about 6mos. While using the fentanyl patch, I've taken several different breakthrough pain meds, including tramadol...it just did nothing for me. I took tramadol early on in my ordeal, but, eventually, the pain became too great to manage with tramadol. I started off taking a low dose (25mcg/hr) patch with Percocet, then a higher dose (37.5mcg/hr) with Percocet. Then the highest dose they were willing to go with (50mcg/hr), and a bump down to tramadol. Then 50mcg/hr fentanyl patch with instant release morphine. Still, I was hitting a wall. Last month, they took me off the patch altogether and changed me to MSContin (time release morphine, 30mg 2x/day) as my long acting and left me on IR morphine for breakthrough. I see them again this week, and I'm hoping to bump the MSContin up another notch to maybe get the constant pain down to a more manageable level, which would hopefully allow me to forego a 3rd major hip reconstruction. What questions do you have about butrans and tramadol? One of my close friends was on the butrans patch for a good while, and she also moved through a lot of different breakthrough meds, including tramadol. I could ask her if you'd like more info.
i take cocodomol but it does nothing for me, i also take naproxen but that does nothing either. docs wont give me anything else, my pain is due to vertebra being knocked out of place and also my back and shoulders are full of knots. in sooo much pain, even physio therapy wont work :(
I can't take Gabapentin or Lyrica or Tramedol or meloxicam. Weird side effects. Hot showers work very well. In one of the lastest pain studies hot showers were found to be as effective as most meds. I also use up to 3 heating pads while I am in my recliners. Naproxen and heat work OK for me.
I am on a lot of medication including morphine and pregabalin. I have been advised by doctors and physio to try heat to help me with pain especially during the cold weather. am warm bath can be bliss. i have to carry heat packs in my hands when it's really cold. I also have heat packs for my lower back otherwise I wouldn't be able to move. these last between 8 and 12 hours. I have found over time that heat packs help me a lot.
Khloflo, it is disturbing to read that your doctor(s) won't give you anything more for your pain. There are many medications out there with new ones coming out all the time. There are ones that are non narcotic, so plenty of options that include non addicting drugs. A doctor has a moral and ethical obligation to treat pain and if there are solutions then he or she must provide them. If I were you I would go back to your doctor and demand that he provide you something to deal with the pain. And if he won't then I would report him to the ethics commission. Your doctor can't be that judgmental and if you say you are in pain, he has to provide you a solution.
Paracetamol x2 - 4x daily Amitriptyline 25mg x2 - 1x daily NAPROXEN 250mg x1 - 4x daily Gabapentin 900mg x1 - 3x daily OMEPRAZOLE 20mg x1 - 1x daily Duloxetine 60mg x1 - 1x daily Morphine 10mg s/r x2. -2x daily I'm on all of these and still hurt. I know they help as I had to stop gabapentin for a short while and the pain I was in was unbelievable but pain is still there. had two spinal disc fused last year but nerves are shot and going to be like this permanently as the time taken to fuse spine was to long. got me/CfS too. acpucunture helps a little too and heat pads and spa/whirlpool baths
I used to take Tramadol but had to get off of it because of the side effects. Have you tried aquatic therapy or the whirlpool/spa, it may be a good alternative for you. I also agree with heating pads, it does wonders with reducing the pain.
I take Tramadol but augment it with using an H-Wave to block the pain signals to the brain. The H-Wave is better than any of the meds, most of the Doctors have never heard of it but if you watch Football the teams use it on the sidelines as a breakthrough in sports medicine
I've read all your messages re medication, and as like everyone was prescribed the usual Tramadol etc etc. I was then put on a programme using Lidnocaine, the substance used to freeze ones mouth for tooth extraction etc. The Lidnocaine is put into me using an infusion in hospital taking around 8hrs to administer, then a day later I get enormous relief for a couple of weeks. Lidnocaine works for me, I does not take the pain away but does seem to comfort the pain. I receive this treatment every 5 weeks now due to its popularity. Why don't you ask your GP regarding Lidnocaine infusions. I have also found out about Lidnocaine patches, they are no use to me as I would be covered in them. Hope this helps. john
Trevorrow, are you aware of any issues with long term use of Lidnocaine and are you feeling any side effects? Do you still take the regular medicines too? I am starting back at a pain management clinic in a few weeks. I went there a few years back when they did epidurals on me injecting a strong steroid but that only worked somewhat for a while. After about 5 months they couldn't even get the epidural needle into my back any longer so I stopped going. I will inquire about the Lidnocaine and see if that is an option for me