I am also on the fentanyl patches. The best suggestion that I can make for you is for you to go to ebay or somewhere like that and find the nexcare tegaderm patches or other bioclusive type patches to put over the ones that you get from the pharmacy. They really do help the patches to stay in place, especially in hot or humid weather.
I use the Mylan brand patches instead of the sandoz, simply because I find that the Mylan brand don't have the gel matrix, so there is less of a tendency to have the patches seem to dissapate so fast as they do with the gel matrix. In the Mylan brand, the fentanyl is in the adhesive, so if you hold the patch in place firmly with your hand for about a minute, they stick much better, although I do still use the tegaderm over them, just in case.
I have to call for my patches as well , so I go home , set a reminder on my calendar to call two days before I will need them, and go pick them up that afternoon. That way, I am not waiting for a arbitrary number of days, I know if I picked up these scripts on the 10th, and there are 31 days in this month, that I need to call on the 7th of the coming month, and set my reminders accordingly.
Makes my life and the life of the girls who handle the refills so much easier.
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.