My husband had major spine surgery in April 2012 then contracted MRSR after getting a steroid injection in August which put him back in the hospital and on IV antibiotics for 6 weeks. Over the course of all these months he was on so many narcotics many did nothing to releive his pain. He had been taking 10/325 percocet which seemed to be the only one that helped, his Dr. wants him to start getting off any narcotics and just put him on 25 mcg/h Fentanyl patch. He just started Friday night but he is trying to find out if the dosage of Fentanyl is equivlent to what his dosage was on percocet. He is not convinced this patch is going to help and is exhausted with dealing with this debilitating pain. He was much further along with his recovery from spine surgery but this last incident has him so down. Can anyone offer any input
This is a starting dose of fentanyl patch. The doc will increase it. He should have left him something for breakthro pain while working up to the strength of patch that helps him. Its more effective then taking percocet. Fentanyl is a strong med and also, the fact that its continuous release, makes it much more effective for treating chronic pain.
I contracted MRSA during a simple ganglion cyst removed from my second toe 8 years ago and 3 years after the toe was amputated I had back surgery and the MRSA attacked my surgical site which I was hospitalized for a couple of weeks then had a home health nurse. I'm now needing a 12 hour complete back surgery and I'm inoperable so I have no choice but to depend on narcotics. It's a daily effort getting out of bed and the worry of the infection reaccuring is very scary! I take 40 mg OxyContin and Percocet 10's for breakthrough. I'm getting ready to be put onto the Fentanyl patch and I'm not sure it will work well since we have a pool I do get in for some exercise. I keep my weight down to help with the daily excruciating pain as you all know what that's like to try to be active when the pain keeps you down. MRSA has me inoperable and wondering if he is as well.
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