Fentanyl is a short acting opioid pain medication that to my mind is very controversial. I know that not everyone agrees with me, but here's the thing. While it is very effective (too effective, in some cases) for getting rid of pain, a giant pill strategy such as one that may be supported by a fentanyl prescription is often not necessary. Depending on your problem, there are other ways besides an addictive medication to reduce or eliminate back pain.
Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine and is responsible for many a drug overdose. It's even been implicated in overdose deaths. My opinion is: More is not always better when deciding how to manage neck or back pain.
Other things you might consider either instead of or in conjunction with (do let your doctor in on your ideas before trying, please) medication - especially an opioid like fentanyl - include:
- Holistic Therapies
- A Visit to a Physical Therapist. Related: What are Physical Therapy Modalities?