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sparkiessparkie Posts: 2
edited 12/06/2015 - 3:02 PM in Chronic Pain
I'm 60 & have had back problems since a car accident at age 7. More accidents & injuries over the years combined with Lyme disease have left my spine with herniations and all that goes with degenerataion. Fentanyl patches have helped greatly with the pain. All side effects have been resolved except one.... anxiety. Anyone have anxiety issues? PTSD, heavy metal accumulation, Lyme and now the Fentanyl seems to have put the icing on my anxiety cake.
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  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    edited 12/06/2015 - 6:30 PM
    Sometimes I have extreme morning anxiety! Dreams where I'm drowning. More that I'm being suffocated! When I discussed this with my doctors however, this is more likely respiratory depression I am experiencing. Early mornings are the more difficult times for the heart and lungs. For me, an albuterol inhaler has been a godsend. I never had severe asthma in the past but when there are periods with a high allergen count my asthma sticks out its nasty head. As a sufferer of both anxiety and shortness of breath secondary to asthma I am now able to recognize the difference. All of the opiates cause respiratory depression so it's really important that you discuss this with your doctors!

    When I'm super lazy and don't want to get out of bed for my inhaler I can talk myself down slowly by purposefully breathing in and out but I definitely do not recommend this! Because the symptoms of anxiety show up in so many other physical illnesses it's really important to talk about them and not dismiss the feelings as "anxiety"!

    I don't mean to scare you but I feel like we can lessen a lot of pain and suffering here by sharing our stories!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
  • sparkiessparkie Posts: 2
    edited 12/07/2015 - 4:05 PM
    Thanks for writing! I understand something about asthma from a former partner who had a severe case. I, thankfully, do not have that. However, I've had anxiety over decades for various reasons. Presently, heavy metals, Lyme and PTSD seem to be my sources. I know about waking up from nightmares sweating, yelling, crying in full anxiety mode. This Fentanyl seems to have put the icing on my anxiety cake. Eliminating caffeine, increasing chamomlle, more hot water soaks ,more exercise and avoiding triggers has helped... but not enough. Contacted Doc today by office email and have appt in 3 weeks. This anxiety has been an issue 5 weeks, since we increased patch to 75 mcg. Other side effects appeared at that time and most have resolved except the anxiety. It was a 10 on a 1 to 10 scale and has improved to about a 6. Still debilitating, just not as severe. Be well and thanks again!
  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    edited 12/07/2015 - 5:25 PM
    I don't think you understood and possibly I explained too much. One of the sensations anxiety gives is a feeling of chest tightness, inability to catch one's breath is the same sensation one would experience if they were experiencing shortness of breath due to respiratory depression.
    I mentioned asthma because that was how I initially learned that the 2 were very similar. You do not have to have asthma or any respiratory issues to experience shortness of breath due to respiratory depression that can occur with opiates.
    Fentanyl patches are stronger than most opiates and, as the package will say, not for opiate naïve people. In other words, if you have not built up a tolerance to higher doses of opiates you may experience respiratory depression with fentanyl patches.
    But yes, talk to your doctor!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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