Hello to all my DC friends and family. I started not to ask this question, but would really like your opinion on something. I am going to my pain doctor in a couple of days and I really want to change medications. I am currently on 100mcg of Duragesic Fentanyl Patch, with breakthrough medication of 10 mg of Vicoden 3-4 times a day as needed. It works pretty well. I mean, I have a bad case of Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, A bulging disc that's pressing against some nerves, ect..in my back, Osteoarthritis in my knees really bad, 3 disc's in my neck that are messed up (per MRI), Fibromyalgia, Migraines, ect.. They won't touch my back right now. They say I'm a too much of a High Risk patient. My tryiglyserides and cholesterol are sky high and they say I'm a stroke waiting to happen. I'm on two different medications to get them down. But until I can get them down, they won't even think about it. With all that together, I deal with a lot of pain. My point is I want to get off the patch really bad. Summer is here, and when in hot weather and the sun I break out easy. And I cannot get in the pool with my little boy with it on. Plus I have to tape it on. Which that isn't a big deal. But I really want to get back on a pill. At first my hubby was like... be careful, you don't want to end up in worse shape than you were in. Then he came back and said he fully understood why I wanted to change, but what could I take in a pill form that is going to give me the relief the patch does? That is my question. What is there that I could mention to my doctor that I could switch to in pill form that will help my level of pain? I have a couple in mind, but want your opinion. I've been on the site quite a while now, and I value and trust everyone's opinion. I know my friends only have my best interest at heart. This is a serious move for me, and I have thought a lot about it. Do I take a chance and switch to pill and it will either work as well and make me happier, or not work as well. Or should I stay on the patch, which I'm not that happy with for a couple of different reasons. Please give me you're honest opinion. And any suggestions I would truly appreciate. Nice ones please. :) Thank you ahead of time for answering, and I really do think the world of all of you. Your friend Ruthie