Iv been on Fentynal and other pain meds since '05 due to a major MVA and desperately want off but my Dr's doesn't recommend it and won't help because I have to much pain. But I'm fed up with having to be on meds. How do I do this? Can someone please help me! ♡
Please think long and hard before you stop the Fentanyl patch. Depending on your dosage and how many days you change them, it is very difficult to wean yourself off of them. Since you said your dr. doesn't advise it because of the level of pain that you have, listen to him.
I have Stage IV leiomyosarcoma and have been on 50mcg's for six years. There is a push now among pain management drs. to wean all patients off narcotic meds, even cancer patients like me.
My dr. dropped my patch from 50mcg to 25mcg, and I honestly could not take my pain, and I put on another one. He does not care that I have cancer; he is weaning all his patients off of it. The majority of his patients have back troubles, and he is doing "procedures" on an outpatient basis for $4000 a pop.
You do not realize how much pain you will be in when the Fentanyl is discontinued. He could start weaning you off it by gradually reducing the strength of your patch, but read the other posts on Fentanyl withdrawals. The pain and side effects are horrible, and I am speaking from experience. Also, once you are off your pain meds, it will take an act of Congress to find a dr. who will prescribe them once they are discontinued. Congress is currently tightening up on all pain drs., and they are being urged to wean patients from the narcotic drugs and prescribing 800mg of ibuprofen.
If you are really serious, try leaving your patch on for two or three days more than usual and you will see what that is like. Trust me, I will never even TRY to cut down my dosage. If I am ever taken off it again, I will be put in a medically induced coma for 7-10 days so I don't have seizures trying to do it myself. It is very dangerous to try this yourself. If your dr. doesn't want to take you off it, find a dr. who will step it down gradually for you. I think that you will decide to re-visit that decision very quickly.
Good luck to you!
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