The way I did... completely "cold turkey"... spent a miserable three weeks!
Felt like I had bugs running over my body; couldn't sleep more than an hour at a time; and it's hard to describe, but my skin nerves were feeling like, a subdued version of "prickley heat"!
I suffer from severe neck and back pain... think of all the things that can be wrong with your spine, I have them... thanks to genetics.
Besides the patch, I was also on some other pain meds... stopped everything in one day! Do I regret it, NO! Do I recommend the way I did it... depends on your constitution/ability to take control of your mind.
I have learned to deal with the pain and block it out as much as possible.
When things get intolerable... that means "pretty freakin' bad!" I take Naproxen (500mg), and Methocarbamol (500mg). I'm supposed to take these one tablet of each every day... I only take them when I really have to.
With me, it came down to this: Was I in control of me, or were the drugs going to be in control. What triggered my decision, was an incident I had with one of my Doctor's Nurses... I went off on her, really freakin' badly... a year and four months later, I still apologize to her!
I don't blame the drugs or my Doctor, I blame me, for being so wimpy that I needed drugs to "survive" life.
I don't know if I helped or not, but as a 63 year-old guy, I can say I will not use drugs to combat pain again... at least to that extent!
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