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10-09-2018, 07:04 AM
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Pain patches vs tablets.

I suffer from trochanteric bursitis and if I want to function normally I need to take a lot of painkillers. To give you an idea, on a recent visit to a stately home with my friend I took 32 painkillers that day (maximum dose) so that I could enjoy the day out.

On a lazy day at home I try to have a rest from the tablets.

I know it's not doing my stomach any good - after my recent large dose I was violently sick - the doctor thinks it's the codeine causing it.

So I've been wondering about pain patches. Are they better than tablets - do they have any side effects?

Of course I intend asking my doctor about this but wondered if anybody on here has had pain patches?

I mean prescription ones - not the ones advertised on Amazon.
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10-09-2018, 07:19 AM
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They do not work for me Carol.

I have a shattered left leg, I cope daily with it.

When it gets bad I am on the Dihydro codeine, 8 a day.

When if gets really bad, I have morphine injections, self administered.

This is to stop the spasms, which can result in hospital again.

I have become an expert in dealing with it, people rarely notice and I lead a good life.
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10-09-2018, 07:56 AM
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Carol you really are suffering with trochanteric bursitis, and have been for a while, yet the NHS inform website says it should clear up in a few weeks.

You have been suffering for quite a while with it and I don't know what treatments you have received, but I do think you should ask the doctor, who is treating you, whether it is normal to need so many painkillers just to go out for the day & what is the normal length of these painful periods.
This may be in interesting read for you, of you haven't seen it before:-

How long does it take for bursitis to go away?
Bottom line: If you have swelling and/or pain in or near a joint, see your doctor, especially if the symptoms are severe or do not go away after two to three weeks. It may take up to several months for symptoms to resolve on their own, but self-care steps and medical treatment can speed the process.

Have they tested for "septic bursitis".... because antibiotics could help with that?

I feel really sorry for you and don't think you should have to look for your own methods to relieve the pain, so I would be seeing them again, to let them know just how often you are needing painkillers and ask if there is anything that will relieve the pain more.

https://drbarbarabergin.com/the-scou...-hip-bursitis/

This lady also says some interesting things that may help.

I hope things improve soon!
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10-09-2018, 08:11 AM
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Whoever said it should clear in a few weeks haven't seen me!

I've seen many doctors & specialists. I've had an MRI scan, physio & steroid injections - and drugs of course. The consultant told me it's notoriously hard to treat. I keep up with the physio exercises daily but not had any improvement.

On some lucky people it gets better but I'm not lucky - I've given up hope of a recovery now.

I just want to control the pain so I can carry on doing the things I enjoy.
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10-09-2018, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by carol ->
Whoever said it should clear in a few weeks haven't seen me!

I've seen many doctors & specialists. I've had an MRI scan, physio & steroid injections - and drugs of course. The consultant told me it's notoriously hard to treat. I keep up with the physio exercises daily but not had any improvement.

On some lucky people it gets better but I'm not lucky - I've given up hope of a recovery now.

I just want to control the pain so I can carry on doing the things I enjoy.
I could be wrong, but I seem to recall you having a nasty cough a while ago & , if that was an infection, bacterial infections can spread to other parts of your body, so it may be wise to ask them if they tested for "septic bursitis".
If they have and you are clear that is good but, if they haven't, it would be wise to do so because some infections can be cleared with antibiotics & that could be what is causing such awful pain!
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10-09-2018, 08:58 AM
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They tested for it when they did a blood test Twink.

I've just looked it up and most of the symptoms don't apply to me.
See below.

Septic Bursitis Symptoms

•Extreme warmth and redness of the skin at the joint.
•Acute tenderness of the bursa.
•Fever or chills.
•Joint pain.
•Generally feeling sick.


I have no extreme warmth & redness of the skin which seems to be a prime symptom.
The only thing I can identify with is joint pain.
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10-09-2018, 08:59 AM
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Please - has anybody used pain patches?
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10-09-2018, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by swimfeeders ->
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They do not work for me Carol.

I have a shattered left leg, I cope daily with it.

When it gets bad I am on the Dihydro codeine, 8 a day.

When if gets really bad, I have morphine injections, self administered.

This is to stop the spasms, which can result in hospital again.

I have become an expert in dealing with it, people rarely notice and I lead a good life.
I'm sure your pain is much worse than mine.
You do well to cope swimfeeders.
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10-09-2018, 09:19 AM
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I'm still hoping to read a success story ... Please - has anybody used pain patches?
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I took 32 painkillers that day (maximum dose) so that I could enjoy the day out.
OMG Carol that's terrible !

That's a very slippery slope. My FIL was always on Codeine and CoCodamols. Highly addictive imo. He wouldn't go anywhere without them and just had them constantly.

You've probably already researched possible remedies but if not my understanding is that you need to eat an anti inflammatory diet. Good fats from things like avocados, nuts, seeds, coconuts and high quality cold pressed oils. And good probiotics from things like Sauerkraut, Kefirs or yoghurt if you have to.

Ginger is a great anti inflammatory. If you don't tend to eat much of it then consider getting ginger powder capsules and try those. My favourite ginger related dish is this:

Cut 1 full sized Butternut Squash in half
Scoop out the seeds
Score both halves inside with criss cross pattern
Rub some butter into the scores
Wrap in foil and put in the oven for 45 mins on about 140 deg C

While it is cooking

Chop 1 red onion into thin slices
Chop a 3 inch piece of fresh ginger into matchsticks
Fry onion and ginger in a pan with a good frying oil (Rice Bran Oil etc)
Add in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Add in 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
Throw in a handful of raisins

Let this fry until the onions are cooked

Afterthe Squash has cooked for 45 mins open the foil wrap at the top and fill the squash (where the seeds were) with the onion ginger mix and then cook in the oven for a further
15 mins or so with the foil still open.


This is great to serve with some grilled pork chops.


The ginger and cinnamon are delightfully warming and tasty and will greatly help digestive problems. I put lots of ginger in as I love it so much.
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