I am on Fentanyl patch - 75 mg every 3 days. Today was the day I put on my 8th patch. So I am still pretty new to all of this.
At first my feet swelled really really big and I made a thread about it and upon the advice I got here I went to the ER. There is no blood clots or anything serious. They ran blood work, doppler and the works on me.
Speed up to date.
After seeing 2 Drs and my PT now they think the F patch IS the cause behind the edema :''(
The F pacth is the ONLY thing that in 6 yrs since I was injured that touches my pain. I am out of pain now about 80% of the time. Well not 100% out but out enough I have even returned to work part time of our small family owned commercial cleaning biz.
SO I begged my Dr to please let me try to get the edema down. I am on a low dose of lasixs ( water pill ) 20 mg 1 x daily and am getting edema compression and massasages 3 x weekly, and I am wearing those sexy TEDS all the time when I am awake.
The edema is slowly going down...... very slowly. It is currently to a point where I think ( think ! ) I could live with it as this level if I had to.
In case you did not know edema is very painful - at least for me it is. It feels like a lighter is up against my feet.
SO - my question is - do any of you know anyone who has been successful at controling their edema?
Or am I barking up a dead tree ?
I am seeing my Dr. again this coming Thursday which will be "D" day with this situation for me...
I have read that rubbing your feet with raw lemons can help. At this point I would be willing to rub them in dogie poop lol if it me keep the patch which gives me a life back :$