For the first 3 weeks they seemed to really help me. Now however, they don't seem to help as much already. i have a very high tolerance to pain medications. I was on methadone 160 mg. for 10 years. I stopped taking the methadone in 2007 and went on 150 mg of morphine for 3-4 years. Then it seemed the morphine quit working as well also. I ask my md when I went back for my appointment the other day, if I could go up on the amount of fentanyl he was giving me, but he said no. He said I was on one of the strongest medicines already and did not want to increase it so soon. He only gives me one 15 mg. roxi for break=thru pain a day. The only other medicines I am on for any type of pain relief is neurotin 800 mg 3 times a day. Does anyone have any suggestions for me. Is there any way to get the patch to work better for me? It is the brand watson. I am on disability and medicare pays for my medicines. Would the brand make any difference. I also told him it is not holding me for the 3 days, but he made no comment and did not let me take change it every 2 days like I have read some people's doctors have allowed them. Please provide any suggestions or comments!! I am really worried. I need this doctor and it took so long to find him that changing mds is not an option. Please help with any ideas!! Thank you all so much for all the help in the past. Everyone on this site is great and I feel very fortunate to have found this site. Bless each and everyone of you guys!
i am on 75mcg's fentanyl patch and i get 120 oxy's for break through pain!i also get a muscle relaxer and ultrams to help with my pain!i don't understand why your doctor will not increase your meds!keep telling him or her that your are in pain!and if they can't or won't help look for another doctor!you have the right to be as pain free as possible !please keep on until you get on something that will ease your pain!
the doctor is right fentanyl is very strong, I was on it for a while but due to my body mass index I could not tolerate a dose higher than 25mcg/hr anytime the doctor tried to increase this I barely able to function, there are other medicines I was on Dilaudid for a while I take the meds for neuromuscular problems associated with me having had polio, this past winter we had an Ice storm and I had to get out I caught a fall on our deck and 4 vertebraes were fractured and a disc in my back/neck area my pain management doctor has a degree in Internal Medicine as well as subspecialty in pain management, she put me on Opana extended release, at that time (this past February) I was on 3 (40mg) tablets every 8 hours, things are much better and I am now down to 1 40mg Opana every 8 hours, some people are able to take it every 12 hours. it comes in various dose strengths, it even though I was in that much pain I had to be on a higher dose but now am ready to decrease even more, It is my sincere hope that they are able to adjust your medicines and that your pain is greatly improved.
So far you have gotten very good answers and believe it or not 50mcg is actually on the lower end of the dosing for Fentanyl. I change my patches every 48 hours and I am on 75mcg along with 10mg Opana IR's every 6 hours for breakthrough. I would keep after your doctor as previously reccomended and try and get him to either increase your Fentanyl dosage or change your medication for breakthrough or allow you to take the Roxicodone more often than once per day. You have to get it through to your doctor that it is not that you are trying to get more medications because you want to get high but that it is a "QUALITY OF LIFE" issue. Let him know that you are suffering and I am so sorry that you are having to go through all of this. Some doctors are very weary of prescribing more and more pain medications because of the high abuse of pills and unfortunately it effects all of us who actually use the medications correctly. I wish you the best of luck and hopefully as many pain free days as possible.
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