1 year 9 months ago - 1 year 9 months ago#25117by little mick
little mick replied the topic: NORSPAN PATCHES
Hello to all, I have fairly simple question but first some back ground so you understand why I ask.
Four years ago I was injured in a work place accident, long story short something tried to make me 3ft tall, I argued and lost. Five months in a sling in bed before had my first of two surgeries, two painc clinics, 3 years of physio, a psychological review done every week and so many specialists I lost count in the first month.
I am wondering the long term affects of Norspan patches as I can not find much.
I am currently on 2x 20mg which are replaced weekly. They are coupled with 1x 100mg Norflex every 12hrs and 3x 2 panadol osteo daily.
Been on Norflex, which replaced Vailum, for near 1 year and Norspan for about the same.
Not meaning to sound rude but I did ask my question, "I am wondering the long term affects of Norspan patches as I can not find much." and was hoping perhaps some here had been on them for a longer constant period than I had and may offer some insight.
As for my injury it is currently under legal action so I can only give rough details.
In the industry since 9, currently mid 30's and was operating a machine feeding timber into it to be dressed (shaped before sanding) and had a piece 4.5m long approx recoil toward me. Clipped the side of my hard hat and struck my shoulder from above. Lost all feeling in my left arm, there was more than a finger width between my shoulder socket and my collar bone. Had 5 vertebrae displaced between my upper shoulders. Was and still am unable to put arm behind back, or touch opposite side of my waist, also can not lift it above shoulder height in any direction and am unable to lift more than 4kg.
I do not know the medical terms so I will say it as best I can as I am terrible with medical terms. I will try put it they way it was told to me.
First surgery I had 3cm from the end of my collar bone removed, medium to large bursitis removed and the joint ground "clean" and reseated.
Second surgery I had a bone spur removed that was damaging surrounding tendons and muscles, a larger bursitis removed and had to have the joint re-cleaned and re-set.
Had on-going issues with sciatic shocks, spasms that cause my the area from my head to mid back to go dead straight and several other arm, neck and back issues all to do with muscle and nerve damage.
Hope this is enough info and as I said above I can not find any information about long term effects and was hoping for some first hand information.
Sorry Mate, I miss read your post. You are correct you did ask and I didn't see it. I'll have to leave that one for someone who has used these patches, because I haven't used them at all.
Sorry for the error.
We don't have much by way of that information on the website. These are questions that need to be asked of your GP or pain specialist. As with all drugs they are so different with each person. In other words, every person has different experiences with these drugs. So someone like me who cannot tolerate strong drugs and would suffer terrible side effects almost immediately, there are others who could use it for years and not have an issue.
They do have statistical evidence on an average, but you'll need to ask those who know such things. And 'they' are the clinicians. Or maybe you could try your pharmacist.
I hope that helps.
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)
Hi little mick,
As Peter said it's a hard question to answer, as we each react differently to drugs, like all strong drugs we become dependant on them, note I don't use the word addicted, for I don't classify a person who takes these drugs to be addicts, we only take them to control pain under strict guidlines dictated by our medical professionals, addicts use them to seek other pleasures at higher dosage.
From my experience, which has been multiple medications, I have now got a hormone imbalance, which requires routine injections, vitamin D is another which is affected, and requires suppliments, with the patches when I was on them, I had problems with welts forming under the patches, I also experienced a rise and fall in pain reduction, it would take a couple of days for new patches to work, then towards the end of the week pain relief was non existent.
But my experience is not like all, because of numerous drug trials with multiple combinations of drugs, my system has become intolerant to nearly all pain medications, they cause severe side effects, even when taken alone, this also applies for drugs to treat depression as well, these drugs now cause severe personality change, not the nice kind.
Anyone who is living with chronic pain has to go through a trial and error phase to find what drug or drugs are the right combination for them.
So it can be a bit hard to answer your question, you can go on the average of what reports say, but we all face a personal journey, we all react differently, thats why they say what works for one may not for another.
Well I have approached the pain clinic I attend, my doctor and several chemists and pharmacies but they all tell me the same thing. They all clearly tell me to the best of their knowledge there have been no studies or research done into long term effects so they can not comment.
Just thought some long term users may have a bit more info not quite widely known yet.