I called my pm dr. yesterday and told the receptionist that I am still in a lot of pain. She went to talk to the dr. and she came back and said that the dr. wanted to see me today at 1:30pm. I went to the apppointment. She put me on 25mcg Fentanyl patches and she told me to take the Percoset for any breakthrough pain that may happen. She took me off the Neurontin. I am so glad that I am finally on a long acting pain med after all this time. I read on the thing that came from the pharmacy that you put it on your chest, upper arm or back. I put it on my upper arm. It says it takes up to 24 hours to start working. Is that true? To those that are using the Fentanyl Patches, how long did it take for yours to start working? She told me to change them every 72 hours. She said we would try the 25mcg for two weeks to see if they're high enough dose. If they're high enough, I'll get a script for these. If not, she'll increase them to 50mcg. I was really surprised that she put me on the patches for the first long acting med. I have taken Kadian and Oxycontin and maybe another one before. She said since I had taken those and i've had the pain for so long, she wanted to give me the patches.
I also found out that she talked to my pcp and she agreed to prescribe my pain meds after my PM dr. gets me on the right meds and dosages. I was really glad to hear that because I really didn't want to have to find another pm dr. I'm tired of looking for pm drs. I'm glad I took the chance with this PM dr. I'm finally getting somewhere with the meds. I'm so glad.
I hope everyone has had a lpd and is having a lpn.
Dx: ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety