uh oh new fentanal patch isnt working

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by homesheba, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. homesheba

    homesheba New Member

    i started it about 2 weeks ago and lately
    i have noticed that its not helping as much
    and i am back to taking pain meds as much as i was!
    this is only 4? patches,
    but is it possible that it is already
    loosing the punch it had at
    the beginning with me?
    yikes!!
  2. shelby319

    shelby319 New Member

    Hi Homesheba,

    I'm on the patch of the 50's strength and I also am not getting the same relief I did when I was on the oxycontin 20 mgs twice daily! I'm on patch #6 and I still feel like its doing nothing, so I've had to take many breakthrough pain meds to get the relief I need!!

    I've heard others say the same thing about how they aren't working for them either. So, my Dr. increased the dosage to the 75's, but yet I'm afraid to try them, I don't like the feelings I get from them at all. They don't take the pain away and yet they give me alot of side effects too!! I'm thinking of asking to go back on the oxycontins instead as they did work better than the patch and less side effects!

    I hope you do get some relief from them sooner than later, or maybe ask for something different for your pain. Also give it a few more days of trying, as that might help too, as it does take longer to get into your blood stream. Do what you can though to be comfortable, so it can take away the stress, as that adds more pain!!

    Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!!
    Gentle hugs,
    Shelby
  3. Rnclegal

    Rnclegal New Member

    Hi, Im new here, but Ive had Fibro and CFS for 10 years and this year had to give up my career and go on permanent disability retirement. I have an excellent physiatrist (pain management specialist, not anaesthestist). He never had must faith in fentanyl patches because they dont work for our kind of pain the way they should so he started me on Fentanyl oral mucosa suckers. Warning: Im lucky because my meds are totally paid for, but these suckers are 1100.00 a month per box. You stick it in your cheeck and it is absorbed through your mucous membranes. The company has recently come out with a new idea which I will be guinea pigging soon....same idea of the transmucosal transfer of meds, but with a tablet that fizzes after 10 minuts. Advantages: Good breakthrough pain relief although with the suckers, people ask you to stop smoking in their store or ask you what you are taking. (I tell them). Disadvantages: High sugar content which is why Im going to change to the fizzy which has low to no sugar.

    Also, because of the mode of transport through the body, the liver doesnt take a hit like it does with some of the meds we have to take for basic pain relief.

    Im an RN, and tend to talk in medispeak but I figure most of us have been around the doc's so long we all speak it. If you want to ask me more questions, please feel free to email me at [email address removed as per rules].

    Carolyn
  4. homesheba

    homesheba New Member

    i am glad to know that i am not imagining it.
    tho with my pain dr- he seems to not want to give anything...
    i pray he wont have me wait longer and suffer as he had many other times.
    i dont have that many pain doctors down here to choose from. sigh.
    and if i mention something to him he acts like i am researching about drugs..