My name is Mike (snerd) and I just joined today. I was searching the web for information on Fentanyl and came across your site here. There is a lot of data and other information to absorb, so I'll probably post later for ideas and input on current pain treatments. I've had 2 back surgeries, neither eliminating the excruciating pain in my buttocks and lower back. I cannot sit without major pain after only a couple of minutes. Sitting and driving are murder! Indescribable pain! I had 2 ruptured discs, 3 bulging discs, fractures, stenosis and other things I can't pronounce going on. So, in addition to the killer "butt" pain in both cheeks, now my lower back hurts worse than it ever did pre-surgery! They removed the 2 ruptured discs, lamenectomy and I believed shaved on the bulging discs. I think the ruptured discs rubbed on the spinal nerve so long that permanent damage has been done, and I will likely never be rid of the pain.
I started out on Hydrocodone 7.5/500 to 10/325 Norcos to 10/325 Oxycodone to now on Fentanyl .50 patch. I'm finally getting some relief on this patch, but it leaves me somewhat foggy. It's been 2 weeks now, changing every 3 days. He said not to take the Oxy unless absolutely needed. He said the initial patch would take 8 hours to take effect, it was more like 16 hours! I took an Oxycodone at about 12 hours............ holy crap, when the Fentanyl kicked in I learned my lesson! I cannot take the Oxy in addition to the Fentanyl!!! I literally could NOT keep my eyes open!! There is no way I could function it that state!
So my main question is will I acclimate to this Fentanyl patch to where the foggyness might let up somewhat? That and some dizziness are the only side effects I seem to be having.