I would like to introduce myself as I am new to the pain forum. I suffer from chronic back pain for which there is no operation. I have had two separate years with the pain clinic. I had two lots of injections in my facet joints which didn't work so I only rely on medication. About 5 years ago I was put on 120mcg of Fentanyl patches. They have now researched that this is a bad idea and no longer do it. If you are given them now you have to sign a contract to come off them. So for the past eight months I have been in withdrawal and am now patch free. Unfortunately they masked pain in my knee and I have problems with my hip. Medications are Gabapentine, tramadol, paracetamol, diclophenac suppositories that last 18 hours, diazepam and lidocaine patches for my back. I have been told there is nothing else they can give me so I have to build my life around my pain. If I have to walk a distance I use a wheelchair. I have also suffered from mental health problems all my life which doesn't go well with chronic pain! I look forward to meeting you all.
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