Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fentanyl's a No-Go

Good morning!

After starting the Fentanyl patch in the early afternoon yesterday, I actually started to feel some relief around dinner time. My pain was not as bad as it usually is - hooray! But, I was feeling a bit "drugged," and I don't like that feeling. By bed time, I was feeling very dizzy and had an awful stomach ache with gas, bloating, and cramping. I couldn't sleep at all during the night, and woke up exhausted. This morning, I made it three hours before I ripped the patch off! Spinning, the most awful headache ever, and horrible IBS symptoms have left me no choice. There is no way I could live like this daily. To top it off, I was shaking like crazy - it was like I was having horrid withdrawal symptoms of some sort. No thanks! I have six more hours of these feelings, since the medicine continues to work for six hours after the patch has been removed. Time for a call to the doctor (and searching for a new one when I feel well)...and I will not be taking Fentanyl again.

Also - if you have adhesive allergies, I do NOT recommend these patches unless you crave red, itchy, very irritated skin.

I hope YOU are having a much better day than I; happy Thursday my lovelies. :) I am hoping to make mine better with some rest and some sunshine...

Here is some beautiful cheer for us all - photos I snapped the other day...

"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower." 
~ Albert Camus



Achelois said...

I understand with regard to the patches. I started off fine with them thinking hurrah. some weeks later despite perservering the severe headache they induced was intolerable unfortunately. I also had an issue with being allergic to the adhesive. Its a shame because apart from that they are great. A tip for anyone who is starting them is start off on the lowest dose for best efficacy.

Sorry they didn't work for you Danielle.

Overseaspharm said...

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zoodles said...

I'm so sorry you had a bad experience with fentanyl patches. I'll admit the first few days were really rough, but once I got used to them, they are the best thing since Wonderbread! I don't know what dosage they started you on, but they now make a 12.5 mcg/hr patch that a lot of people start with to avoid the dramatic side effects the first time they happen. I had to wait quite a while to slowly up my dosage to where I got good relief without being out of it, but they have helped me a lot in combination with the other meds I am taking. When I first got sick, I spent about 6 months in bed, but when I finally got on the patches and had my dosage increased to an appropriate level, I was actuslly able to function, get out of bed and be a good mother. Granted, you won't see me running the Boston Marathon any time soon, but I'm willing to take what I can get at this point. I'm so sorry they didn't work out for you, but hopefully you will find another way to get relief soon.