| | Introduction and Fentanyl Trans Dermal Patch
Hi! I would like to introduce myself. I'm James (as u can see via my username). I was in a car accident a few years ago, and have been dealing with chronic pain for a long time. I found this website through a search engine, and i thought it would be a fantastic thing to speak with people who are going through the same thing i am. I just recently got back from a trip to the mayo clinic, who stated that she didnt want to put a name to my diagnosis because nerve pain is way more complex than other types. Anyway, she gave me this cream (Amitriptyline, Clonidine, Ketamine) that has been working fantastic on the burning pain. Right now i'm on Norco 10/325 q6, and OxyIR 15mg Q6 PRN. I have been shuttled to different doctors for years, and have finally found an understanding doctor in the weirdest place. After the trip to the mayo clinic- and not being on pain meds for years- they told me i needed a primary care physician to overlook everything, and take over the prescribing of my medicine. I found a primary care physician who continued my scripts for a couple weeks, but upon running out, there was no way to get a hold of him. I called him for 2 weeks straight and never received a call back. After i ran out and suffered for 2 days, i went to a walk in clinic to see a doctor. The D.O. doctor i saw was really understanding, and agreed to take over my treatment until i enrolled in a chronic pain program and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. We have been talking for a while now, and he has suggested the fentanyl patches a few times, stating that it would reduce the ups and downs of short-acting oral medication, and the risk of mental addiction. I think this is a great idea, but would like some opinions on switching over to the patch from all you experienced pain patient vets. What are the pro's and con's of the patch, and how smooth is the transfer from oral to trans dermal medication? Any additional information you guys can give me relating to the patch would be greatly appreciated.