I also have fibromyalgia, multiple disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, have had one spinal fusion c3-4-and need another at c4-5 and in the last year have been diagnosed with RA (I also have celiac disease). I have seen numerous docs-pain specialists, ortho, neurologists, GI, rheumotologist--- I tried every pain med known to man, and it took years but finally I have relief from my fentanyl patch and neurontin(for nerve pain). I still am trying to get control of my RA symptoms using methotrexate and remicade-but my other pain problems are much improved-it took awhile to find the right dose of fentanyl so hang in there and I hope you find relief from your pain--let me know if you have any other questions-I"d be happy to try to help-Kim(kaloeding)
Hi bigmamma. Sorry to hear about your condition. I could only imagine how painful it must be. As oxyaaron said, you need to be on opiate therapy prior to using fentanyl. It is a very strong narcotic pain medication. It works very well and most docs will prescribe a breakthrough pain medication too. Once your system adjusts to the patch and the dose is right, you should find relief. At first, you may have a little dizziness, nausea, tiredness, etc. But these side effects usually go away after you get used to how the patch works. You may even find you need less of the bt pain meds too! Be safe with the patch and always use it as prescribed. It's much more powerful than morphine. I hope it works well for you and good luck.
Hi bigmamma,, i am sorry you are in pain,, i know what you mean ,, i am also have fibromyalgia,, Chronic Myofascial pain--- i been on the Fentanyl patch for more than 4 years i start with 25 mg ,,and now i am on 100 mg ,, b/c my system get use to it have to increase the dose ,,but yes it give a lot of relief but it making my moth very very dry , give me Constipation also but i can`t live without it b/c i have 24/7 pain ,, i also take 400mg of Tramadol a day, let us know how you doing,, hope you get some relief ,, take care ...
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