I am 35 and I have Lupus and R-A.. I have been living with Lupus for about 11 years and just 2-3 years with R-A. I have been given allot of different pain medication off and on but Hydrocodone is the only one that has really worked. I have really only needed pain meds in the past around the winter time but this past year has been harder on me and the pain is unbearable at times so the pain patches are new to me although they work great Fentenol gave me a rash so today my doc gave me Butran with hydrocodone also..Is it different then fentenol?
My husbands RA doctor put him on Methatrexate, it comes in pill or injections. It has worked very well for him. He doesn't take any pain mrds but you also have Lupus, so I don't know. But it would not hurt to ask the doctor. My husband takes 4 pills every saturday, you only take it 1x wk.
I have been using the fentanyl patch for about 8 years now after trying every pain med known to man--it is for fibromyalgia,migraines,severe degenerative disc disease and ra. It really works great for me because it never lets the pain get ahead of you. I had trouble with the patches staying on and also rash and itching-but there are different brands and one of them has worked for me--it is also smaller than the other which was important for me since I have to wear 2 at a time to get the dose I need. Best of luck to you-Kim
been on pain meds since 35 i'm now 48 i've been to rehab 2x oxycontin and opana dr put me on butan 2wks ago and i love it no cravins for more the pain is bearable i'm on 10mcgs now when i over work the pain gets bad so i'm goin to ask the dr for 20mcgsnext but i haven't felt this good in at least 10 yrs
I can't tell you which is better, but I love my Butrans patch. I am also very sensitive to the adhesives in my estrogen patches, but have no problem with the Butrans patch which I put on the upper part of my legs. It always stays adhered very well.
It has kept me out of my regular ER visits for my migraines.
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