Hi all, my name is Lorraine and I am new here. I have had various back problems for around about a year now and I have been on Fentanyl 50 mgs per hour every 48 hours for 7 months....and I hate them!! Yes, the pain is controlled but the side effects are so bad at times. The sweating is terrible, cold and hot sweats and constant nausea, I have no appetite and have lost 3 stone in weight, some of which I could afford to lose so that's ok!! And most of the time I am just sleepy and I don't have any energy. I desperatly want to come off of them and at times I feel like ripping the patch off!! But at the same time I am terrified to come off them as I have heard so many horror storys about the withdrawels. I feel trapped in this situation, I have lost 7 months of my life to Fentanyl, I wish I had never been put on them, even my pain consultant say's the Dr should not of jumped to put me on such pain killers so quickly! They ar to put me on an intensive physiotherapy and phsycology holistic programme but I have to wait to be off of Fentanyl because they say my tiredness will get in the way of my rehabiitation process?
Please, please, has anyone here succesfully come off of Fentanyl?....what will help me kick these patches, I am feeling so desperate at this time, I just feel like giving up all togther. I'm in a terrible state today as it is patch change time soon and I feel so, so unwell!! Please can anyone help me?