I'd like to give a few comments on this too, since most people posting are finding great relief from the patch. For me (and I realize everyone is different), I found NO relief from the patch. I can honestly say I was happy and relieved when I was able to discontinue. I know this may not be what you want to hear, but oxy, soma, and ultracet all taken 4 x a day (along with controlled release xanax) have worked great for me. I really wish I could have one more oxy a day too, but I don't want to mess up a good thing. I used to use Dilaudid, but found that even upping the dose every few months had very little effect on my pain. It basically just "quit working". I've said that here before and was clobbered for saying it, but I speak only the truth. It just stopped giving me pain relief.
All my best!
TLIF L5-S1/failed, Pituatary disorder w/HGH deficiency, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery & Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia w/Diabetic reaction to HGH, Bi-lateral CTS (surgery related trigger finger), Edema, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Plantar Fascitis, Tibular Tendionitis, Adult Onset Flat Feet, Vision Issues & much more.....