Hi Cracker so your post so felt I needed to answer. I have severe Fibromyalgia and I have tried most of the medications but they do not work for me the patches included. The side effects far outweigh any good. Each to his own that is up to the person. I have trigger point injections every 8 weeks. Also acupuncture and hydrapool. This of course does not completely get rid of the pain, but worth a try. Hope this helps.
I have dyhdracodine deluxitine gamapental also have diazepam for when I have flare ups I was also sent to a pain management course at the local hospital and was offered injections into my spine but declined these after researching them there is a site called fibromyalgia Uk they can give loads of info on the condition and may be of some use as they have advisors you can contact direct hope this helps I have tried many pills over the years not everyone reacts well to the different meds unfortunately it is trail and error and as soon as you find one that suits have to change again as body becomes used to it diet and stretching and heat helps but no cure life is hard but you learn different ways to try and cope good luck all the best to your friend I know the pain he has and very debilitating unfortunately