I'm always happy when someone who can function & fulfill all their social, work & personal responsibilities is able to avoid or get off of pain meds. I am wondering what will happen, though, when you test negative for fentanyl. I hope you kept the script
in case your doc asks for it back to prove you didn't sell it.
Opioids do have their place and it concerns me that you are counseling complete strangers to quit their pain meds AMA. First off, fentanyl is not usually dangerous to quit cold turkey at low doses, but it can be. I have a very mild heart condition of which I had no knowledge. On top of that, I had undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Nothing serious, normally -- but with the added stress on my heart from withdrawals, it very quickly became an emergency situation where my heart was overstressed.
I agree that you were gyped by not being encouraged to try non-pharmacological treatments before being placed on increasingly higher doses of narcotics. That said, it scares me to think that there is yet another nurse out there who has determined to disregard physicians' orders because of her own unfounded bias against narcs.
In my case, in spite of the dangers that fentanyl brings, those dangers are outweighed by the dangers of me having undertreated pain. Without pain meds, I am bedridden 24/7. Infected bed sores, muscle atrophy, blood clots, high blood pressure, not to mention increased susceptibility to a host of physical and mental illnesses.
I get angry about
being on these meds. Though my PM hasn't always been in favor of it, I've demanded he support my heart so I could go cold turkey. But I make it a few weeks & in that short of time, I go from working, seeing friends 1-2x/week & good personal hygiene to being a sick, smelly, unbathed, undernourished, dehydrated mess with no voice b/c of all the screaming. I cannot move without horrible muscle spasms. I cannot complete my core exercises, so my muscles quickly weaken. I cannot stand. I cannot sit. I cannot roll over. I cannot even press a button on a PCA pump.
So please, please, think twice before advising people who don't even have addictive tendencies to quit all their pain meds. It is always sad when pain meds steal life from some people. But in spite of that, they give life to many others when used in responsible, appropriate ways in conjunction with the many non-narc and non-pharma treatments that aren't always effective by themselves.
best wishes & keep posting,
Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 2/7/2011 10:27:28 PM (GMT-7)