I'm a newbie and wish to know if the fentanyl patch is better than hydrocontin (sic)? Had work accident in 1994--was on Ty 3 until 14 months bedridden then neck surgery in 2008. C5-6, C6-7 fused. Shoulder survey in 2011. Was on Percocet and fentanyl but got off Percocet 5 years ago and fentanyl patch 4 years ago. Been back on Ty 3 nod it does nothing. Finally found a good doc today, who will put me on what I want. He's trying me on 2mg of hydro.. 2x a day (12 hours part), plus 1 mg dilaudin. He says fentanyl doesn't release dosage consistently as do pills. He said its a low dose. I'm to see him next week. Also Botox is an option w another doc, but I've read horror stories so don't think I will try it. I hate Percocet and won't take it. I have to be careful as I got addicted before and weaned myself off. But I can't take the pain now that I'm in school to get a job and start working. I don't want to lie in bed all day with ice ad heat. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!