Hi to all i am new to the forum and reside in Australia.
I have severe Scoloisis of the spine, that being on a 45degrees angle.
i was diagnosed at the age of 18 years old, and now just on 40.
i have always had severe back pain and this has been very difficult to manage over the year.
I was advise by my Dr to excersice and lose weight, as i was classified obese.
I became depressed due to my situation and was prescribed antidepressants and panadine forte, this helped for a while but i managed to get out of my depression after 4 years and re-located to a coastal town and was trying to stay positive, but the pain was very difficult to manage, and panadine forte was tryed, also tramadol for a while also endep, but just couldnt get the pain managment right, i lost 30 kilos and became active in physical excersice under the direction of my doctor and personal trainer, so a modified progrmame was set up for me. This assisted, but the pain was still very strong at times and caused me to break down in tears.
I spoke with my dr about Norspan patches, but he was very reluctant to give them to me, he advised me that they will cause dependancy, withdrawals and said that as time goes on you will need more and more , higer doses, and stronger meds.
My dr was concerened as he said he felt he had a responsability not to turn me into an addict, as he advise me that Heroin addicts use it when they come of the drugs
I thought about this over a couple of weeks but the pain is so severe i went back and explained to him firmly that i cannot keep taking 3 panadine forte every 3 hours, sometimes i needed to take the next does on 2 hours apart, i have been taking panadine forete for the last 7 years, and yes it had a place for pain managment then, but it is no longer effective and i cannot cope with the pain any longer, i cry and break down most days and try to hold myself together in front of my small children, as i dont want them to see me this way as it upsets them naturaly, so i find a space within my home to lay down rest and bear the pain.
My Dr prescibed Norspan 10mg patches, but was not happy in doing so, but in the end respected my desicion.
I have had the patch for 24 hous only, they say it takes 3 days to become effective?
Can i use panadine forte in conjunction with the norspan patch?
I take medication to sleep called stillnox - i forgot to ask if this was safe to use with Norspan ?
I have come to the concusion that the quality of life is so important, and rather a quality life pain free so i can cope with day to day tasks, play with my kids ,and lead a happy pain free life, as much as i do not like taking the meds and this was a difficult desicion, but the pain is so overwhelming that it destroys my life, leaving me in severve pain, depression,guilt etc...
i hope this patch works for me and sooner better than later
I would like to hear others thoughts on quality of life-pain managment
I want to live pain free & happy
love to hear from anyone elses thoughts on Norspan and pain managment