User Reviews for Fentanyl
Also known as: Abstral, Actiq, Duragesic, Fentanyl Transdermal System, Fentora, Ionsys, Lazanda, Onsolis, Sublimaze, Subsys
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Reviews for Fentanyl to treat Dercum's Disease
"I started using fentanyl for Dercums disease over 4 years ago. I started on 25 mcg. and worked great until my body demanded more or became used to the medicine. I went to the 50 than to the 100 mcg every 48 hours. I felt normal again from the pain of this horrendous disease to a point! No one really understand how extremely painful this disease is! I just had a pain pump installed in October just because its much safer for long term use, and I will say what a difference if it wasn't for this medicine I'll be as honest as possible I would have taken my own life! It's that bad, I just wish more doctors would research this and understand, not make people think its all in their head. which they do!"
TTTrama (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 19, 2015
21 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been diagnosed with Dercum's Disease last year in July 2013. I've tried too many medications to count. I live in Alberta, Canada. I don't know what the medical regulations are in the U.S. are or if they differ from state to state. Here, as far as pain allowances go before they decide to prescribe opiates of any kind, they leave it up to the prescribing doctor. I went from Lyrica to gabapentin to mexilitine to hydromorphone and now the fentanyl patch (100 mcg) every 3 days. Does it work for me? I would say yes, to a degree. I'm on all those meds mentioned above minus the Lyrica. My pain levels on average daily are at an intolerable 8 on a scale between one and ten. It's bearable, whereas before it was excruciating."
missxc36 (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 15, 2014
13 users found this comment helpful.
"I was in so much pain and the other options, like Lyrica and Cymbalta, gave me serious allergic reactions. The only problem I had was that no doctor besides Dr Karen Herbst in AZ (a specialist in Dercum's Disease), understood the extreme pain of this disease. At least, not in my HMO, Kaiser Permanente here in Northern California. I had a month's worth of 25mcg fentanyl patches and for the last three weeks I have been on them, I have been able to be a "Mom" again and participate with the family, take care of them and join in actually living my life again. I am at a loss on how to convince the pain doctors at my Kaiser that this "chronic pain" patient's quality of life is greatly improved by the use of opoids, in this case the Fentanyl patch"
emk125 (taken for less than 1 month) October 26, 2013
28 users found this comment helpful.
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