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Pain medication patches Versus prednisone

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Hi all


I have been off and on steriods for years, with not a great result for the pain. As I was overdosed in hospital on steriods, I am very cautious and don't like taking them.


I have had pain medication patches in the past and it is the only thing that seems to work for me.


I recently have had a Bakers cyst that burst, and the pain was terrible, and my leg was three times the normal size. My general practitioner has prescribed pain medication patches. By the second day I am pain free, and walking unaided. This morning I did not have to get my husband to help me out of bed.


If I could stay on the patches I would, but unfortunately you can't.


Does anyone else have better results on the pain medication patches?

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Hello Lou


I'm sorry about the pain, I am struggling with it myself and it's no fun that's for sure. Why are you unable to remain on the pain patches? I know quite a few people who use them long term, bearing in mind scleroderma pain can be long term it makes sense.


Have a look at our pain management resource you may find them helpful.


Take care and keep posting.

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Hi Lou,


I was on the patches for about a year, in gradually increasing doses. They worked well for the pain and didn't make the constipation anywhere as bad as oral pain medications did. Unfortunately I developed an allergy to the adhesive and then to the medication itself. Coming off them was not fun, but neither was having the areas where they had been applied covered huge, angry red welts. I would definitely use them again if I could.


Scleroderma alone seems bad enough, but having to deal with significant pain along with everything else seems like adding insult to injury.

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