I know it has been a while but I am still alive! I have been so swamped at work, been working 12s just about everyday for the last 3 weeks and am pretty wore out. Not to mention we think we have a buyer for our house and found a house we want, which by the way we are getting an absolutely fantastic deal on from a friend, so we have been trying to pack, as long as my spine will allow
Plus calling pool places to get quotes on putting our pool in, paid off all of our outstanding medical bills (mostly mine, imagine that), every credit card we owned, and then some. We are debt free other than a house and car payment
Anyway, I am still on the fentanyl patches and for the most part they are still helping with the awful, intolerable pain I was having before. I still have quite a bit of pain at times but that is to be expected. My worst days have been day 3 of the patch, when it is not quite as potent and I am having to take more of my breakthrough (bt) meds. I talked to the pain doc last time I saw him, which was about two weeks or so ago, and he said it is completely normal to have an increase in pain on the third day of wearing the patch. The bt meds seem to help, not always but mostly. Sometimes I wait till the pain is too bad and have trouble getting it back down.
One thing I have really noticed is that I am having a heck of a time sleeping, and am about ready to go crazy. I have always had some trouble sleeping but it is getting to the point of insomnia. When I do wake up in the middle of the night my neck is really sore and if I turn it too quick, even slowly really, I get a real sharp pain and it is in a specific spot. But what is kind of weird is that I do not wake up in as much pain as I used to in the morning....
Anyway, I am ready to lose my sanity, so is my husband he is about ready to sleep in another bed because of my tossing and turning and moaning/crying in my sleep all night, and I end up just getting up and doing stuff or watch TV because i can not sleep no matter what I do. I am afraid to take anything until I talk to my PM but have called and left two messages now and have not heard back from them. They are awesome when I am at their office but getting a call back is turning out to be a pain. needless to say I do not know what to do. I am so tired, which is made worse by my pain meds, muscle relaxers, and bt meds. My son take quite a few different meds, for ADHD, anxiety, and depression but nothing like pain meds, and he uses meletonin because he has a lot of trouble sleeping as well. There is not a lot of information, everything you take says to consult a doctor, so I am not sure if I should try the meletonin or just wait to hear from the doctor.
I have tried taking my meds at different times to see if that helps, like taking my muscle relaxer and bt meds right before bed, and it doesnt help. I am not sure what to do, until they call me back anyway.