Hi Everyone -
Feb 28th 2012 I shattered three vertebra and completely severed my spine in half - I have over 60% of my spine rebuit/fused together. I am at a pain management physicality in my out patient program, and have been on the prescription merry go round for a while now trying to find the right selection of meds for me. I truly want to be off all meds as soon as possible, I hate being dependent on them - however, I am not able to yet the pain is still to great. I recently switched from perc, oxy, tramadol ER, and amrix ER to the Butran patch 10, tramadol ER and regular amrix.
My question is, last week I started with the Butran 5 and then put the second patch on this week because they want me at butran 10mg. Since Tuesday when I upped my dosage I have had really bad cotton mouth, and sweats randomly/hot flashes. Is this all just adjusting to the patch? I completely stopped taking my percocet except maybe 4 times at night in the last two weeks - instead of 2 a day. I feel like I have been extra irritable since Tuesday, drastic mood swings, and last night I got in a minor argument with my boyfriend, and suddenly fell onto the ground sobbing for an hour and half, uncontrollably my entire body was shaking and I could not stop crying. I am curious if the Butran is effecting my emotions like this? Or if the amount of percocet and oxy I have been on suppressed my emotions so much and the trauma I have gone through this last year was finally able to be released since I've stopped taking them? It also occured to me that I could be withdrawling from the perc and oxy - but not feeling all the usual wd symptoms because of the butran patch. I've taken a perc at night 4 times since I put the patch on two weeks ago. Including last night after my melt down because my back hurt so bad from the sobbing. I am in chronic pain, and really believe in homiopathic medicine (although with the severity of my traumatic injury I can't function if not on meds) I truly believe that meds will totally effect with your moods more then I believe my pain management doctors do. Please any advice, or thoughts would be greatly appreciated - I am really confused/concerned/curious. Thanks!