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I suffer from chronic severe back pain, had it for just over 20 years I started using the patched about 3 months ago and taking Co-codamol 30/500, Gabapentin and Baclofen. I started on the lower 5ug/h 7 day patch and am now on the 10ug/h patch and have managed to stop taking the Co-codamol, they were giving me really bad constipation in the end.
The pain releif with the patches is far superior as they provide constant releif, most pills seem to wear off after a few hours, with a measured amount of strong Morphine type medicine. The initial side effects can be quite extreme and often worse on increasing the dose, I was physically sick twice and the itching on the patch site was worse, but it is worth perservering and I feel a lot better now after a month on the stronger dose.
I would reccomend anyone with severe pain trying them but they may need to be prescribed by a pain clinic as doctors don't seem to like prescribing them without a clinic or specialists confirmation.
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