Hi everyone! I'm a welder and pipe fitter so my work is very physical. I was in a terrible car accident two years ago and have suffered from neck and back pain every since! My Dr. says I could eventually end up in a wheelchair. I'm prescribed 30mg Oxycodone 6 x a day and Gabapentin 300 mg 2 x a day. My weekends are usually spent in misery after working all week. When this happens my Oxycodone seems useless. Would it be a reasonable request to ask for Fentynal patches as a breakthrough med for when this happens? I just don't want to raise red flags and lose everything. My mother in law gave me one of hers one weekend on a family outing when she seen I was unable to have any fun due to my pain. She gave me a 100 Fentynal patch and it worked unbelievably well. Please someone advise me how and if I should ask my Dr. Thanks for reading!
You've got it backwards tho. Fentanyl is long term pain relief and is not used for breakthru pain. It would make way more sense for you to have them as your basic pain med and have oxycodone for breakthru pain. Do not tell your dr you tried them you will never get them. You could say that you were on a Web site for patients with chronic pain and a nurse suggested it for you. Its the truth so you won't look like you're lying lol
Hello Walter; I understand your pain having been the victim of two different drunk drivers on two different occassions and I currently am using the Fentanyl 100 ugh patch in addition to a high dose of Oxycontin - I need to tell you that it is dangerous to go from 0 fentanyl to start using a 100 ugh patch - that could cause a fatal over dose - your body needs to gradually become adjusted to the fentanly as it is not a short term pain medication - Fentanly is supposed to be used as a long term pain medication and they usually start you out with a 25 or 50 ugh and gradually increase - I change my fentanly patch 100 ugh every day and since you are in chronic pain all of the time I think it is time to discuss with your pain dr the chaning of your medications to time released long term pain medication - Once my pain doctor determined the correct dose of Oxycontin and Fentanyl - my pain subsided enough for me to get out of bed and to start living a semi normal life again after several years of being almost totally bed ridden with such chronic pain that all I could do was cry and pray for death. I am not able to volunteer at an attorneys office and I am able to run my home and handle light house work and I can now enjoy my friends and family members but it took several pain doctors and severall years - I do not have any breakthrough pain medications because the purpose of time released long term pain medication is that you maintian a constant level of pain medication in your blood which keeps the pain under control -I have not needed any breakthru pain medication or any increases in my pain medications in the past 4 or so years - Please do not use another fentanly patch along with your other medications without talking with your doctor -fentanly can depress your respiration system if your body is not accustomed to that medication and I don't want to see you die or end up in a coma with brain damage. Please start keeping a time log of the pain levels and of the times when you need to take breakthru medications so you can show your pain dr what your normal day looks like in pain numbers and be brutally honest with the amount of pain that you are experiencing - Best of Luck Walter.
Fentanyl is on the top of the list as far as its potency. For most people, it has very good pain killing properties,however it can be quite dangerous, especially when it was not prescribed to you. This is not a drug you want to try on your own without a doctor's prescription. You can die. Based on what you are describing, given that you will be under a care of a physician, you would likely benefit from using Fentanyl patches.
- Fentanyl Information for Consumers
- Fentanyl Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fentanyl (detailed)
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