Fentynel Patches

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wv.girl
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   Posted 12/7/2009 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I was placed on Fentynel Patches for pain last week.Plus the suckers they have for pain.I was on Oxycodone 30 mgs.My pain management Dr changed my meds when i told him i had to have radiation and chemo therapy.I think they werent strong enough because its not helping pain in back and Lung.Has anyone been on Fentynel Patches.Please let me know if they are good or bad .Thank you,wv.girl

Blessedx8
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   Posted 12/7/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
We just had a post about fentanyl patches, the pros and cons, etc. If you look down on page 1 or 2 - you can probably find it.

Good luck to you... hope it helps you...

Tina
Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; I also have Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Addison's Disease; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin (480mg daily); Dilaudid (8mg/3x day); Actiq (1200 mcgs/1x per day); Soma (3x day); Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/7/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Girl! Did your PM say he was changing your med's? ....and are you still on the 30mg oxycodone? Hope you get to feeling better soon!

Morgoth
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   Posted 12/7/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I know from experience (and so did my grandmother) that fentanyl patches are among the best painmeds when undergoing chemo and/or ratiation therapy (or nukie nukie as we call it in the family). The dose might need some adjusting, hat's something you have to discuss with your docs. The drawbacks outway the advantages, especially in chem/rad situations. Sometimes the patches don't last 72 hours. We js-us had a study done about that to determine the exact cause. It usually is a question of having too dry a skin (absorption is too fast) or too oily a skin (absorpion is stopped after a couple of days because the oily substances excreted by your skin block the remainder of the fentanyl in the patch). The best way to proceed is to clean the skinn with a wet cloth (no soap or anything else), then dry it of gently (don't rub) with a towel. Wait a couple of minutes (5 minutes will do) and put on the patch.

You gonna be fine. Modern radiation therapy can do wonders.

Take care.
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wv.girl
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   Posted 12/8/2009 3:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou Morgothfor getting back to me so quick.I go to pm dr today.Ive been affraid of those patches.Ive heard alot of negative input on them.I also have a pain pump.Im not sure what they will put in pump.Ive had breast cancer too.Ive had a left mastectemy.Plus hurt back in 1992 and again in 2006.Ive been thru the mill on different medicine.I hope and wish you well.wv.girl.

wv.girl
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   Posted 12/8/2009 3:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Screaming Eagle,thank you for asking about me.Yes i knew pm was gonna change meds.I didnt know til last minute about fentynel patches.He took me off oxycodone.The oxycodone just helped me for four hours.He had me on it three times a day 30 mg.If he would have just raised the dose i would have been fine til i went to oncolagist.My spelling isnt that great.Oh wish you well wv.girl.

bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/8/2009 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Wv I have no experience with Fentanyl patches but I do wish you well with your struggle with cancer. I did have one client while doing home health that was using the patch and always had swollen ankles. When she switched from the patch to another med the swelling subsided noticeably. I think that is one of the side effects of fentanyl. Do check this out with your doctor though if you notice it.

Hope the radiation & chemo do the trick for you!!!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Stella Marie
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   Posted 12/8/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a wide variety of fentanyl patch doses. Patients usually wear the patches between 48 - 73 hours. The sucker are Fentanyl - the are for acute instant pain relief, as the are absorbed in your mounth. They do contain sugar and many patients fail to immediately brush their teeth and end up with dental cavities. All of the oral fentanyl formations are very very expensive - around $100 per dose. Make sure you do have an insurance issue. I was covered and for 4 per day it ran $5,000 per month at the 800 mg dose.

Good luck.

Stella Marie

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Rare neurodegenerative /movement disorder called “Multiple System Atrophy”.  Mobility issues,, neuropathic pain,  spasticity, central apnea, collagenous colitis, joint and body pain, swallowing and respitory  involvement,  Implants: intrathecal pump  & neurostimulator.  Extra features: O2 & wheelchair

 


straydog
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   Posted 12/8/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi W. Va Girl. I am so glad to see a post from you. I have wondered what was going on with you. I know you have really had such a terrible time with pain for so long. I do hope the patches work well for you. It is just one of those things, its all trial and error. I did not like the patches when I was on them, but keep in mind we all react so differently to meds. These may very well be what you need to get your pain level down. I sure hope so. Please keep in mind what Stella Marie wrote about the lollipos, I have read about the problems with teeth from those, be sure and really brush good after using one. Take care and try to let us know how you are doing.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Blessedx8
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   Posted 12/8/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi WV Girl...

I was in a hurry the last time I posted to you; sorry if it seemed like a "rushed" reply...

I'm sorry for all the pain issues you are going through... I really, really hope you find some pain control with the fentanyl patches and w/ the fentanyl lollipop.

For me, personally, nothing has ever helped w/ pain like fentanyl. Unfortunately, I can't wear the patches. But I do use the fentanyl lollipop. At one point, I was using the 1200mcgs, 3x a day. Right now, I use 1 per day.

The teeth thing with the lollipop is a very true thing... something I learned the hard way. I'm basically having to have half of my teeth "redone"...either via root canals and some pulled/put in dental implants. Try to rotate the places in your mouth that you put it to dissolve. In addition, try to brush after you use them.

It sounds like you are going through a lot... I really do hope the fentanyl works for your pain issues. Fentanyl can also be put in the pain pump, although it is not as frequently used as morphine and dilaudid.

Take care; let us know how you are doing!
Tina
Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; I also have Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Addison's Disease; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin (480mg daily); Dilaudid (8mg/3x day); Actiq (1200 mcgs/1x per day); Soma (3x day); Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation


wv.girl
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   Posted 12/8/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
To all who wrote me a message.I went to Dr yesterday and told him the patch made me sick.He then put me on Ms contin 15 mg three times a day.They are in the process of switching my medicine out of my pump to morphine.I was on dauladid in pump.It made me swell up all over. I told him oxycontin work for me for pain but he wont listen.I think im going to look for a new pain management Dr.Ive been with him for three years but he dont listen to what im tellin him about my pain.Im going to check out new pain dr soon.Cant take this anymore!

straydog
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   Posted 12/9/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
If your dr is not listening to any of your input then it is time to kick him to the curb and find someone else. Just don't do this till you have it confirmed a new dr is willing to take you with the pump. Many drs will not take a pump patient unlss they are the ones that recommended the pump be put in. Thats one of the things the drs do not tell us pump patients in the very beginning. I found this out the hard way. So tread lightly here till you know for certain a new dr is taking you pump & all.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


wv.girl
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   Posted 12/9/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Straydog.Im going to look for a new one.But,here in wv.they dont have many.I dont know if i could go to penn.to get a pain dr.I would have to find out from insurance company.Thank you so much for helping me.Wv.girl
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