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Hi Diane:

Sorry you still don't have definitive answers. I know how frustrating it can be, I haven't gotten any yet either. I don't know anything about the facet injections, but I can tell you about the Duragesic Patch (fentanyl).

This medication is an opioid analgesic (narcotic pain-reliever) in an extended-release patch that is applied to the skin. The medication enters your system through the skin, released slowly and regularly over a period of three days. It is specifically designed for use in management of chronic pain, providing a more constant blood level of the active ingredient than immediate-release formulations.

I got that off a website. I am currently on the 50mcg every three days. The patch effects people differently. I have had a lot of success with it relieving the pain (most) and no side effects. I take MSIR (morphine sulfate for breakthrough pain if needed), but am thrilled with the patch. Before taking it I was in bed 75% of the day and in agonizing pain waiting for the clock to tell me I could take another pill. The patch keeps things at an even level. It is a narcotic and one has to be weaned off when ceasing the med. Some get rashes or skin irritations from wearing them. I put them on my chest. Sometimes you may need tape if the are getting wet a lot, but I've heard you can call the manufacturer and they will send some. I cannot drive while using them. They make me somewhat unfocused and I had to sign a contract with the pain dr stating I understood that I could be cited for a DUI if pulled over. There may be others that have more info for you. Hope you find relief...Jo H.
Hi DMG:

I use the Fentanyl Patch (DURAGESIC) and it works great for my pain. It's very convienant...only change it every three days...no pills to watch the clock for. Give them a try...addiction is rare with this type of drug (patch form). I have L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1 bulges and one herniation (L5-S1) and nerve root compression and PAIN PAIN PAIN until the Dr. relented and gave me the patches. But I didn't have to sign any waivers or anything; I'm not sure what the Florida law is on driving while wearing the patch. I can handle it and drive just fine. But I have taken opoids for some time so I am used to them.

I hope this is beneficial to you and I hope you are feeling better! Hugs!

Mary Anne :)