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Posted By : MrJNT - 3/12/2014 3:53 PM
Recently received a call from my nurse wondering if I could make it a few more days past my refill date.

I almost laughed, but told her flat out, "Umm...no. Sorry?"

Seems my old PA is being shuffled around to their office over in MS. So, I wouldn't be able to see her until Friday.

They decided to keep my appt, but move it to another PA. I was a little hesitant, as you never know how a med check will go with someone new. Thankfully, it went pretty well.

Talked about different options with my new neck/shoulder pain...and possible options with my back/leg pain.

I always knew that radio frequency/etc./whatever it's called was most likely going to happen on my neck joints, but I always wondered about it being useful for my back.

We decided we could try it as I have SOME joint pain back there(ha).

Also, now I'm now trying Butrans patch along with oxycodone...but she made it clear she'd like me to come TOTALLY off Oxycodone and just rely on a stronger Butrans patch.

Not sure how I feel about that...I'm on day 2 and always feel tons better than I was with JUST oxycodone alone...

She(as my previous PA) is very, very concerned with my age and tolerance. I mean, I am to...but I hate that I have to suffer/deal with more due to my age.

I hope she'll let me have maybe...10 or so percocets just as BT/back-up incase I have really, really bad days... :/

Thanks for hearing my rants...don't have any questions...but feel free to comment :-)

Posted By : DianeB - 3/12/2014 4:41 PM
Pain patch plus a break thru pain pill (to use as need) improved my quality of life GREATLY.

Pain is still there but much lower level ( usually).. I can now smile when I am happy - that makes sense?!

Hope it works at least as well for you.
Herniated cervical discs & other disc / spine issues, Arthritis, spurs
Injuries &/or pain to/in shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, legs, ankles
Fibro / myofascial pain, neuralgia, neuritis

Posted By : MrJNT - 3/12/2014 4:44 PM
Makes total sense...I am already looking forward to better days just from being on the patch for the second day...

Kinda worried about the last 3 days(Rx the patch to last 7 days)...Have read things online about it not working as well the last few days before a change...

I have been wanting a LA forever!

I told my new PA this when she brought up Butrans and I almost yelled! I said, "AWESOME I have been wanting LA...as I HATE having the highs and lows..."

She replied, "Great! Was going to start you next month, but let's do it now!"

God, I already love her more than my previous PA.... :)
Je t'adore

Josh from Alabama.

Posted By : DianeB - 3/12/2014 9:55 PM
My patch does not relieve as well the last 12 hr but the pain has not returned to the original level during that time.. it is much more bearable than before the patch. All in all is OK
Herniated cervical discs & other disc / spine issues, Arthritis, spurs
Injuries &/or pain to/in shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, legs, ankles
Fibro / myofascial pain, neuralgia, neuritis

Posted By : AnnaBananna - 3/13/2014 6:39 PM
Oh butrans...how I hated thee. I had a really hard time with b/t meds on butrans. It hogs the opiate receptors so b/t mess have a hard time attaching. I found that although I didn't have better 24/7 pain control at the lower dosage, I at least could knock out pain when I needed to, as long as I stayed at 5-10mcgs.

I wish you luck.

Posted By : MrJNT - 3/14/2014 7:15 AM
Wow...sorry to hear that! :-(


Surprisingly, I am finding that my percocets are actually working better with the butrans patch ...been in less pain than I have in years!!!

I've read that buprenorphine only blocks recepters at way higher doses(the patch supposedly only puts out fractions of a mg at even the 20mcg patch.)

But everyone is different and reacts to medicines in wildly different ways.

The same drug is in subonex or whatever it is called....but at higher doses.

Also read that the patch isnt really great for those who already have a high tolerance to opiates...

darn thing makes my head itchy...thankfully not as bad as codiene....now THAT med sets my entire head on fire.

Wish there was a silver bullet for us all!

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