My mom is 80 years old and just had major back surgery 3 weeks ago. She has spinal stenosis as well as dementia and is in excruciating pain. No medication has helped at all and I have been trying to get a doctor to prescribe the Fentinal patch for her. She has had no relief of pain from spinal stenosis for the past 5+ years. The pain and her dementia have become worse after her spinal surgery. Would the Fentinal patch help my mom who is in constant pain and crying out for help? It is unbearable watching her go through this!
I have had 3 back surgeries with degenerative disc disease and sciatica and 4 current herniated discs and was on all kinds of Narcotics with some relief but the fentanyl patch has actually had me almost pain free. I am working a full time job, I can do things like mow my lawn and go for walks and even put my own socks and shoes on. It doesn't make me loopy at all like all the narcotic pills and it definatly reduces the pain ALOT!!! If she tries it have them give her some tagaderm to cover the patch wich will help keep it in place. Good luck!!
I'm so sorry that your mother is suffering so much. It makes me angry that in this age, in the richest country in the world, people are still suffering unnecessarily. It is outrageous that your mother's doctor would let this go on for so long. There has been so much progress in pain control that there's no reason for anyone to be suffering like she is. Can you find a better pain control doctor who specializes in the condition? Besides fentanyl, there are nerve blocks and methods of administering pain medication directly at the site of injury through a catheter. The comedian, Jerry Lewis, was suffering from back pain for years, from a fall he took while filming a movie. He finally found a doctor who implanted a device that produces an electric impulse that stops the pain. He said it changed his life. The point is, you have to be your own medical advocate. If you don't find a good doctor, keep trying. If your mother can travel, she may do better at a major medical center, like The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. There is also an excellent pain control center at The NYU Medical Center in Manhattan. It is unfair that people who live in certain areas don't have access to the best medical care.
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