6 years ago I had a car accident which resulted in a crushed T3, 4, 5 and 7, all are stable except the L5. I also have herniated L4 and L5 which is causing the most problems at the moment. From the lower back injuries I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet which is finally under control with the help of neurontin.
My back pain has been getting increasingly worse over the years and it got to the point of intolorable where I couldnt sit, stand, sleep or be comfertable in any position. I had been taking mersyndol forte for the first 6 years and it didnt give me alot of relief, but its now gotten to the point it gives me no relief whatsoever.
About a month ago I went to my Doctor and explained that it had gotten so much worse and he changed me from mersyndol forte onto Fentanyl 50 patches.
For the first time in 6 years I have been pain free with these patches. I can move like a normal human being, I can do all my physio work with zero pain. I can even do pilates, do any usual housework, sit easily to watch tv and pretty much anything.
However, the side effects are really bad.
I cant wear the patches for the full 72 hours because of the nausea and depression that hits after a day or two on them.
Ive always had insomnia but the patches make it pretty much impossible for me to sleep, I only grab an hour here and there, mostly in the daytime. I have valium that I sometimes take for insomnia which usually puts me to sleep but even 2 of the pills dont work.
I get light headed, jittery and after I remove the patch, usually after the 2nd day of wearing it I get restless legs and depression if I dont put another one on.
Has anyone else had this sort of problem and injuries? If so, what kind of pain management helped you? Any advice would be so very appreciated!