Hey pirate! I'm curious about your allergy to the fentanyl patch...how did that happen? Were you able to make it stick well? Did you have any "tricks" you could share in keeping it on? I'm about 4 months in on this patch thing, and it seems when it sticks, and I first up my dose - it's great...then came the humidity and my body doesn't seem to reach that level of relief it did in the beginning, plus my sweating is causing the adhesion to deactivate. I'm considering switching back to oral meds, but scared too. I'm so glad you have had luck with Methadone; I hope you continue down that path.
Take care, and next time when you post, you could post this as a discussion, that way everyone will see it all the time; instead of just when they first log on in the "What's happening Now" tab. Good luck, BView Thread
I wanted to be sure about something you said, Trans: I would have to use the upper chest when I wanted to go in the jacuzzi because it would come off anywhere else.
I'm assuming you aren't on the patch anymore, but I am and I want to clarify to others do NOT get into a hot tub or jacuzzi or sauna with the patch on. It causes a rise in your body temp and can lead to more med coming out of the patch too soon. This means you could overdose or end up going into withdrawls before you change your next patch because the med will not last as long.
Just wanted to give you a heads up on that....I'm glad you mentioned it trans. Have a good one, B
PS ALso if you get a fever while taking the patch, contact your doc right away to see what he recommends that you do.View Thread
THIS IS SO TRUE PEOPLE! I wish I had seen this tip early on in my experience here for the first time on a public message board. I am guilty of posting m own email address from time to time myself, but only for the best intentions. However, I was recently "burned" by exposing myself in what I thought was confidentiality while responding to someone on the public board. I had sent an email to a person on one of these public sites and, come to find out, my personal info/story ended up being distorted then represented to the public only to end in humiliation and the loss of friendships.
I can't emphasize enough how this world is so much different from the real world and how easy it is to fall into a trap when you are at your most vulnerable points. If you are feeling vulnerable, just post here on this site and someone will try and take care of you and give you advice in the public forum (or exchange). I would not advise anyone that feels vulnerable to email any "stranger" because you never know what could happen; you could end up in an even darker space - that's what happened to me.
hey frozen shoulder, did you mean to post this as a "tip" or a "discussion"...you tend to get more replies from discussions, if you need some help/advice. my only advice to you, is to not wear the tens unit for more than 2 hours at a time. when mine works for my sciatica-like leg pain, it works wonders, but on occasion it can make my pain worse. ask your PT if there is a max amount of time you should wear the unit. take care, BView Thread
When you first visit this page, you are in the "What's Happening Now", which will display recent discussions AND Tips AND Resources. If you select the "See All Discussions" link at any time during your session, neither the Tips nor the Resources will display in that view.
Just to let you know, because I have posted new threads in the Tips category in the past, and they will not show up in the "See All DIscussions" categroy, which is most probably the view everyone selects from the get-go.
hey there Jason in vancouver, you may want to post this in a "Discussion" rather than a "Tip" like you have. The links are pretty close together, but the Discussions link is just to the left of the Tips link. Then maybe someone will get back to you on your question.
Personally, I know that the healthcare system there is rough. I have heard that it takes too long to get in to see anyone and if you finally do and they don't help you, then your up the creek. If I were you, I would ask the specialists (who ask for an increase in your pain meds) to refer you to another doctor. Is it a general practitioner that prescribes the meds? If so, then it shouldn't take long for you to get into see another one. Don't live in chronic pain day in and out to wait for someone to say, "wait, jason really is suffering, maybe I will actually give him something to help him"...because that's never going to happen. Take charge my friend, and if one doc doesn't help, just move on. Make sure you leave on good terms though, because they have their way of sending your records to the new docs and could jeopardize your future relationships with those potential new docs. Also, be aware that before a doc is going to get your pain under control with the correct mixture of medications, you are going to have to earn his trust. There has been much research done on chances of legitimate chronic pain patients (who take opioids) becoming "addicted" to such medication. It's like less than 3% (for those who don't have a history of drug abuse/alcohol abuse), so sorry, your current doc is malinformed and should be shot for not taking care of a person who is in so much pain. I'm sorry you have to deal with this, and if it's any consolation, we do too in the states. Feel better soon, Jason, BView Thread
I have to jump in and post this tip because I'm running into members who need there questions answered in a more timely manner, yet they keep posting their questions to threads as old as 12 months!
Just because the tabs on the right side of your screen says, "Popular Discussions" doesn't mean that the members who posted that thread, or participated in that thread, are still a part of this Pain Management Exchange (or even check the discussion again). These posts are just the ones that have generated the highest tally for responses. Be sure to check the dates of the posts you would like to participate in and if you have a question that warrants an immediate response, then post start your own thread. If you have to comment on an oldie, but goodie, then go right ahead. The "Most Recent Discussions" are acutallyrecent.View Thread