Not sure whether to continue with Buprenorphine pain/transdermal patch
I recently requested from my new doctor to try the stick on pain patches as I cannot tolerate naproxen, ibuprofen, amytryptiline, due to stomach problems, so far I tolerate paracetamols up to 8 per day quite regularly. I tried the patches for 1 week, not a tremendous amount of difference in pain level, but did take edge off only 5mg strength ., the only side effect i experienced was a very dry and sore mouth which did disappear after a few days, after reading the side effects I am concerned about possible weight gain, I'm really not sure what to do. Not sure but the new cooler weather has now increased pain levels, ankles, hips, shoulders most usual joint places and has been chronic, previously x-rayed hips and shoulder confirming OA, Mri'd to confirm OA in ankles which are very chronic, but I'm not being offered much further help there?
Just wondering would a pain clinic help me further, which the new doctor I think is sympathetic to.referring me if the patches don't help. I am 63 years female, also asthmatic, thank you