I am 54yrs old and am now dealing with the long-term effects of 35+ years of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had my left knee replaced last year and my left knee will be replaced in two weeks. I've had my right wrist & one finger fused. My other wrist & shoulder are next in line. I also deal with significant facet arthritis in my lower back. I work full time. I've been on 50 fentanyl patch & I weaned down to 25 & Dr. wants me to drop to the 12 patch for the next two weeks & I've also been asked to stop NSAIDS & Methotrexate. I still need to work & help elderly parents & family. I understand the reasoning but I need to function. Will decreasing from 25 to 12 make that much of a difference? I dropped to 12 last year but my RA wasn't as active & life work wasn't as crazy. Scared! Thank you!
First off let me apologize for your pain and your condition. I do understand pain very well. There are days we feel cheated in life for the burden of chronic pain but life is what it is. We move forward. There is some great knowledge here. I encourage you to browse. You are blessed to have a doctor willing to taper. I'm slightly sad to report that you will feel a little cruddy for a few days with every taper but keep in mind that it is a taper and the goal is to manage your pain differently. I don't know the intensity of your pain and I'm sure your work only irritates it but there are ways to mange your pain better without extremely powerful medications. It sounds like you have a great doctor. I would listen carefully to him. The great thing about fentanyl is that it does have its purpose to eleviate pain but it's downside is that it can leave us somewhat indifferent to life. I still have my pain but for me personally I wanted my clear head back it was trade off for me. I learned from forums like this different ways to deal with my pain. I come from 100mcg every 2 days for about 2 years to simply over counter pain relievers and an occasional narcotic every couple months for those days my pain won't let me go. You are reaching out by writing this forum and that's a great thing. My best wishes to you. Never forget that someone out there has gone through what you're getting ready to and there is always help
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