Ryand - I'm not the one who had my doctor consider it, she is the one who brought it up to me. It was after going through several 2-month trials of other meds, hydrocodone, Percocet, morphine short acting, morphine long acting, too many others I can't remember now (and this has been over 5 years that I've been with this doctor). The only thing I do remember saying to her was that I was sick and tired of taking one pill or another every few hours. She then suggested the patch because it continuously delivers the medication and you don't get the highs/lows in pain when one medication wears off. I don't get euporhic or "high" with the medication, matter of fact, I never have with any of them. After she mentioned the patch I did another month of the morphine long acting while I researched the patch.
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain
MEDS: Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone