Posted 1/4/2011 11:30 AM (GMT -7)
I too am on the fentanyl patch, and at this point have not had any issues. I had several months of the 12.5 mcg patch, then the 25 mcg, and my insurance would no longer pay for 2 months. I had little to no withdrawal symptoms in the 2 months without the patch, just my normal pain levels. My pain management doctor has told me that each person is different, but that on the smaller doses it is a bit easier for the body to wean itself off. If at any time you do decide to discontinue it, it is reccommended that you taper down to the 12.5 mcg patch step by step.
Have you spoke to your pain doc about your fear? Also, I had to learn just to enjoy the lower pain time without taking the 10-12 pills a day also. For the longest time it felt wrong not to take pills for pain relief.
Hope your fear subsides soon!
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw
Pelvic adhesive disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, SI joint pain, arthritis, kidney stones, depression, 7 pelvic surgeries for pain, ovarian cysts, adhesions. Fentanyl patch, Vicodin, remeron, trazodone, dicyclomine, Miralax, Colace, Multivitamin