Posted by Bob Kipple (18.104.22.168) on January 13, 2001 at 21:08:39:
A week ago I posted about using the Duragesic patch for chronic back pain and suggested it might be useful for chronic CHrs as well. Some of the negative feedback I got dealt with addiction (it's an opiate derivitive) and I discussed this with my doc yesterday: she sez "No problem". It has almost completely eliminated the back pain and "could" be useful for chronic clusterheads too. Because the narc is in your system at a constant dose, there is no waiting for it to kick in. I tried a fairly strong narc years ago which did squat for the current CH and endured the pain 'till the drug finally kicked in; and then it was lala land for the rest of the day. On the other hand, I've adapted to the patch somewhat and only get loopy right after a new one and only if followed by a few martinis. LOL. Hell, it sure is worth a try tho. It has kicked butt in the back pain area and I'm happy to have PF days form that. The patch starts at 25 ug/h and goes to at least 150 ug/h, It's not cheap (costs me,after insurance, about $1.00 a day) but being PF is worth it. No, I'm touting this as a cure, we all know too well that narcs only mask the pain but I for one am willing to try any mask to hide from the beast.
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