I had a successful (thankfully!) kyphoplasty (for non-union of traumatic T-12 burst fracture) 11/23/11. I have been on 50mg 48 hrs patches for over a year, supplemented by oral meds as needed just to take edge of pain (parent to young child, cannot medicate fully and still work PT from home and parent). Is cutting my patches by 1/3 per week realistic? I want desperately to be off fentanyl, but am petrified of w/d symptoms, which occurred in past when I forgot to chance patch. I have oral hydrocondone but really don't want to take anything. Looking at a fusion in mid 2012, but want to be off meds ASAP Any advice appreciated, thank you.

Catherine