Posted 2/28/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -6)
I'm also on fentanyl patches, a bit higher dosage than you are on...but I have never , ever read anywhere that you can cut those patches, even the ones without the gel reservoir, are not supposed to be cut. That nurse is nuts and there is no way that she should get away with telling a patient just to cut them, and stick them on. She could have killed you!!! That's why she's a nurse and not a pharmacist....not that I am getting down on nurses, most of them are very professional and would never advise a patient to cut anything without confirming it with the doctor first....this one that you were dealing with, needs to review her meds again...
As far as the baclofen goes, I am also taking that. It does take a few days for it to kick in...and just so that you know, do not ever stop taking it cold turkey. If you ever stop it, or change to another med, you have to taper down or it can cause some problems for you.
Good luck with the increased pain meds and new muscle relaxer. I hope they bring you decent pain relief.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.