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do pain patches work better than narcotic pills to control chronic joint pain from ankylosing spondylitis?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
"Poker Back" pain: If you have ankylosing spondylitis, which can be miserable, you deserve at least a trial of any of the several new biotechnology treatments. Patches are a stronger & steadier step up from opiate pills; simpler anti-inflammatory drugs actually help treat the cause. Chronic pain requires a great deal of close work with whoever is providing your rx. Good luck with this very hard problem.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Many options: Several pain medications are available as patches (fentanyl and buprenorphine). A better answer is that you may benefit from any long acting opioid (pill or patch) given the around the clock nature of your pain.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Ask whoever is caring for you whether Adalimumab "Humira" might be right for you as a way of treating the underlying disease.
Jan 30, 2012

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