From 2009 till 2012 I was on the Fentanyl 50mcg patch. The first year I had a bad pain dr who did not believe my patches were not lasting the full 72hrs. Since I was new to pain mgmt. I just figured it was my problem.With only the patch for relief,every month I would go into detox.What a nightmare! After a year,Iwent to a diff dr and he put me on 48hr schedule and I never detoxed after. I would tell your dr you may need more pain relief.How you decided and when to cut the patches is scary to me. Mfgs and dr/phar will show you people who have died from receiving more meds then intended. As bad as my withdrawals were for a year I never thought it would be ok to cut a patch. You are playing Russian roulette.My withdrawals did not kill me but I sure know the feeling of death might be a better deal.You need better pain mgmt.If your present dr can not help,please find a different one. Trust me that staying with the wrong dr too long can make you want to die.You deserve better.STOP cutting the patches. You will survive w/d but go to er if you feel you are dying or suicidal. Sorry you even have to be in this position.Do not tell dr you are cutting your patches.That helps no one. God Bless you. Hope we can help. TomView Thread
I wish I could have just gritted my teeth and taken it like a man! The pain we discuss here is deadly. If you can just tough it out,God bless. Most of us here don't even have that as an option . I agree you may not need pain meds if you can bear it.Wish I could have. God bless. TomView Thread
I am sorry that anyone's pain reaches the point that dying is even an option! I have been there! Broke my neck in 1990 and have lived with a stiff neck for decades.Had 2 surgeries and neck always felt like I slept on it wrong. Learned to live with the discomfort until 2007 when my left hand became painfully cold.One year later it moved up to my shoulder. My family dr took care of me for 3 years with 50mcg Fentanyl and 4/5mg percocets a day.Pain was managed but my life was forever changed. Finally went to first pain dr and he left the patch and took away all breakthrough meds. I had lived 55 years without even considering suicide. The patches were not lasting the full 72hrs and I went into w/d the first month. Stayed with this idiot for a year as I did not want to dr shop amd really had no clue about pain mgmt. I found this board and others that made me aware that some patches do not last the full 72hrs.My pain dr lied when he said all his other patients had never complained. I made 2 er visits during my year with him due to w/d and original pain returning. I wanted to die. I found help but had to look for it. @00 years ago,I had wondered what I would have done? Shoot myself or beg my brother to do it. Pain at these levels need a good-no great pain dr.You do not need to suffer.Help is not always easy but they are out there.Please troll any boards you need to and find the help you need. I wish I had more answers but I know the feeling of giving up.I have never been so scared in my entire life. Today, I have a pain pump that was put in Nov,2012 and though not pain free,at least I don't hope I die. Answers are out there.If I had checked out,I would have no pain but nothing else.Who knows what is on the other side but we all need to wait our turn! God bless you and all who suffer.Ask for help or at least let a loved one know your thoughts.Hanging in there gave me my life back. TomView Thread
Please always be honest with your doctor. It is your secrets that will make you sick. Taking someone with all appts is the thing I finally did that literally save my a$$. Write everything down that you want to ask! Not to be funny but why were you hit in the rear by your husband??? Just seems like a lot of bad luck you certainly did not ask for. Please read some of the respondants previous post as that is how I got a lot of info when I was suffering.Be honest and hang on.This is a tough road but you can and will get the help you need.Pain changes us all and try and be strong.God Bless you. TomView Thread
God Bless you and yours! I had purchased long term disability since I broke my neck in an industrial accident in 1990.After 2 surgeries and being out of work for a year,I realized how fragile the body can be. My neck always felt like I slept on it wrong but I was glad I could work and blessed to have great jobs which I advanced in. My disability began in May,2008 when I could not work due to neuropathy in my left hand and arm. I have never felt pain like this.With no meds I could not stop crying. I received ltd of $2000 a month while waiting for ssdi.2 years later my ssdi was approved and my ltd made up the difference between my ssdi of $1450 and my ltd. For 8 months my ltd paid me $550 and then sent me to a brand new doctor.After 1/2 hour this dr decided I could work. I had no appeal,no way out and they quit paying which I had paid for 15 years to protect myself financially. READ the ltd policy and in it you will find even if ssdi approves you,they can and will send you to their own dr and IF he decides you can work,well,sol comes to mind. I thought I was covered until 65yrs with $2000 guaranteed. I will survive but there out to be some kind of law to protect idiots like me from paying $1500 a year in premiums and getting screwed.I could have invested that money myself but actually did not read the fine print. They saw me coming. Good luck and I admire your desire to work but sometimes,your body says different. God Speed! TomView Thread
I had to respond to bad doctors being out there! 50% of all doctors,who completed med school,finished in the bottom half of their class.Question is" Where did your dr finish?" Stay as well as possible. TomView Thread
I was more hurt and scared that anything.I had no knowledge or need for pain mgmt. until pain knocked me down. I pray for my doctor that did this because karma is a bitch.Sorry for how many he may have hurt or still could be hurting. Take care TomView Thread
I had a pain pump implanted in Nov 2012.My pain stays livable but not gone. These events happened 4 yrs ago. I am happy I had the pump! I take only 8/300 Neurontin and that is it.Barely notice the opiods and would do it again in a heartbeat.Not saying it is for everybody but I swim daily,moved to Az from Fl, and feel like A 58 year old man.Now,about that daughter of yours???? Lol. Thanks for the kind thoughts. It should not be so hard when you really are suffering. God speed! TomView Thread
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